Why sinks my weak desponding mind

Why sinks my weak desponding mind

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 65 hymnals

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1 Why sinks my weak desponding mind?
Why heaves my heart the anxious sigh?
Can sovereign goodness be unkind?
Am I not safe when God is nigh?

2 He holds all nature in his hand:
That gracious hand on which I live,
Does life, and time, and death command,
And has immortal joys to give.

3 'Tis he supports this fainting frame,
On him alone my hopes recline;
the wondrous glories of his name,
How side they spread, how bright they shine1

4 Infinite wisdom! boundless power!
Unchanging faithfulness and love!
Here let me trust, while I adore,
And from my refuge ne'er remove.

5 My God, if thou art mine indeed,
Then I have all my heart can crave;
A present help in times of need,
Still kind to hear and strong to save.

6 Forgive my doubts, o gracious Lord,
And ease the sorrows of my breast;
Speak to my heart the healing word,
That thou art mine--and I am blest.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was born at Broughton, Hampshire, in 1717. Her father was a timber merchant, and at the same time officiated as the lay pastor of the Baptist Society at Broughton. Her mother died when she was 3. At the age of 19 she became an invalid after injuring her hip. At the age of 21 she was engaged to be married but her fiance drowned the day of the wedding. On the occasion of his death she wrote the hymn "When I survey life's varied scenes." After the death of her fiance she assisted her father with his ministry and remained single. Despite her sufferings she maintained a cheerful attitude. She published a book of poetry Poems on subjects chiefly devotional in 1760 under the pseudonym "Theodosia." The remaining works were published a… Go to person page >

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First Line: Why sinks my weak desponding mind
Author: Anne Steele
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #290

A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d374

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #592

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #388

A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #d369

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d271

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1187

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d332

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #223

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Hymns for Social Worship: collected from various authors #104

Hymns on Various Subjects. Part II #d58

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #403

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #403

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #403

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #403

Melodies of Heaven #d152

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #83

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d490

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #52

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d638

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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #297

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The Book of Worship #223

The Chapel Hymn Book (4th ed.) #d425

The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d418

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The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #598

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors: to which are added a number never before published #CXXXII

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CXXXII

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The Latest Collection of Original and Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #75

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #951

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #233

Universalist Hymn Book #d631

Village Hymns #d660

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