Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart

Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 65 hymnals

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I. Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart,
That can from Jesus thus depart,
Thus fond of trifles vainly rove,
Forgetful of a Saviour's love!

II. In vain I charge my thoughts to stay,
And chide each vanity away,
In vain, alas! resolve to bind
This rebel heart, this wand'ring mind.

III. Through all resolves, how soon it flies,
And mocks the weak, the slender ties!
There's nought beneath a pow'r divine,
That can this roving heart confine.

IV. Jesus, to thee, I would return,
At thy dear feet repentant mourn;
There let me view thy pard'ning love,
And never from thy sight remove.

V. O let thy love with sweet controul,
Bind all the passions of my soul,
Bid ev'ry vanity depart,
And dwell forever in my heart.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #119

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: Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart
Author: Anne Steele

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Ah, wretched, vile, ungrateful heart. Anne Steele. [Lent.] Under the title of "The Inconstant Heart," this hymn was published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 119, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines; again in the next edition, 1780; and again in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863. Its use is unknown, or nearly so, in Great Britain, but in America it is given in several of the most important modern collections, including Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, No. 970, and others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns #90Page Scan
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A Selection of Hymns, adapted to the devotions of the closet, the family, and the social circle; and containing subjects appropriate to the monthly concerns of prayer for the success... #13Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors, Designed as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d6
A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d6
Additional Hymns, Adopted by the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America, at their Session, June 1846, and authorized to be used in the churches under their care #170Page Scan
Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d15
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d10
Church Melodies: collection of psalms and hymns, with appropriate music. For the use of congregations. #457Page Scan
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #371Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #373Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #373Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #373Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H296Page Scan
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Evangelical Musick: or, The Sacred Minstrel and Sacred Harp United #d2
Evangelical Musick: or, The Sacred Minstrel and Sacred Harp United: consisting of a great variety of psalm and hymn tunes, set pieces, anthems, etc. (10th ed) #166bPage Scan
Hymns for Church and Home #90Page Scan
Hymns for Social Worship: collected from various authors #94Page Scan
Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #296Page Scan
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Parish Psalmody #d9
Parish Psalmody #d10
Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #119Text
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d6
Psalms and Hymns: adapted to social, private and public worship in the Cumberland Presbyterian Chruch #336Page Scan
Sacred lyrics, or Select hymns: particularly adapted to revivals of religion, and intended as a supplement to Watts. #120Page Scan
Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship: comprising the most approved spiritual hymns with chaste and popular tunes #105Page Scan
Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship: comprising the most approved spiritual hymns with chaste and popular tunes ( New ed. rev. and enl.) #120Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns #373Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d6
Social Psalmist: or hymns, selected for the private use and social meetings of evangelical Christians #373Page Scan
Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d7
Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #562
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #562Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian worship #562Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #562Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #562Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #562Page Scan
Songs of the Church: or, hymns and tunes for Christian worship #1002Page Scan
Spiritual Songs for Social Worship: adapted to the use of families and private circles in seasons of revival, to missionary meetings, to the monthly concert, and to other occasions... (3rd ed.) #166Page Scan
Spiritual Songs for Social Worship: adapted to the use of families and private circles in seasons of rivival, to missionary meetings, to the monthly concert, and to other occasions of special interest #166Page Scan
Spiritual Songs for Social Worship: adapted to the use of families and private circles, to missinary meetings, to monthly concert, and to other occasions of special interest.(Rev. and Enl. Ed.) #166Page Scan
Temple Melodies: a collection of about two hundred popular tunes, adapted to nearly five hundred favorite hymns, selected with special reference to public, social, and private worship #26Page Scan
The Baptist Harp: a new collection of hymns for the closet, the family, social worship, and revivals #282Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #830Page Scan
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The Baptist Hymn Book #830Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #642Page Scan
The Chapel hymn book, with tunes: for the worship of God #499Page Scan
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #341Page Scan
The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns: with copious selections from other sources; the whole carefully revised and arranged, with directions for musical expression #305Page Scan
The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems: being chiefly a collection (3rd ed. rev.) #DLIIPage Scan
The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book: containing the psalms and hymns of the book of common prayer, together with a choice selection of additional hymns, and an appendix of chants and tunes... #H331Page Scan
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The Primitive Hymns, Spiritual Songs and Sacred Poems Regularly Selected, Classified and Set in Order ... Stereotype ed. #d7
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #773Page Scan
The Psalms and Hymns, with the Doctrinal Standards and Liturgy of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America #H369Page Scan
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The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d16
Union Hymns: adapted to Social Meetings and Family Worship Selected from Church Psalmody, with Additional Hymns #d3



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