Almighty Father, gracious Lord

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1 Almighty Father, gracious Lord,
Kind guardian of my days,
Thy mercies let my heart record
In songs of grateful praise.

2 In life's first dawn, my tender frame
Was thy indulgent care,
Long ere I could pronounce thy name,
Or breathe the infant prayer.

3 Each rolling year new favors brought
From thy exhaustless store;
But, ah! in vain my laboring thought
Would count thy mercies o'er.

4 While sweet reflection, through my day,
Thy bounteous hand would trace,
Still dearer blessings claim thy praise,
The blessings of thy grace.

5 Yes, I adore thee, gracious Lord!
For favors more divine;
That I have known thy sacred word,
Where all thy glories shine.

6 Lord, when this mortal frame decays,
And every weakness dies,
Complete the wonders of thy grace,
And raise me to the skies.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #411

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: Almighty Father, gracious Lord
Author: Anne Steele

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Almighty Father, gracious Lord. Anne Steele. [Providence and Grace.] "Praise to God for the Blessings of Providence and Grace,” is the title of this hymn in 16 stanzas of 4 lines in her Poems, &c, 1760, and 2nd edition 1780. A cento therefrom in Dr. Alexander's Augustine Hymn Book, 1849-65, is composed of st. i., ii., vii.-ix., xv., and xvi. It is also found in some American collections. Another arrangement of stanzas beginning with the first stanza was included in Cotterill's Selection 1810. Of this, stanza iii., 11. 5-8, is altered from Cowper.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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EVAN (Havergal)

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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors: for the use of the English Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York #140Page Scan
A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #514Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches: to which are added prayers for families and individuals #26Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, to which are added prayers for families and individuals (New and Enl. Stereotype Ed.) #26Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #26TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #411TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d10
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #819Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of Universalist Societies and Families (13th ed.) #155Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #155Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #402Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #402Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #173Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #d6
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: with the music of Mason's Sacred Harp and Missouri Harmony adapted #486Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d9
A Pastor's Selection of Hymns and Tunes: for Worship in the Church and Family #189Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Church of England Sunday Schools, Bible Classes ... New ed. #d5
A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors.: including a great number of originals: intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns. (Woodward's rev. and corr. ed.; Sterotype ed.) #37Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors, Designed as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d16
A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d9
A Selection of Hymns: printed only for the use of the sabbath school of the Tenth Presbyterian Church, of Philadelphia #40Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #173Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #173Page Scan
American Sunday School Psalmody; or, hymns and music, for the use of Sunday-schools and teacher's meetings; with a manual of instruction #67Page Scan
Book of Hymns and Tunes, comprising the psalms and hymns for the worship of God, approved by the general assembly of 1866, arranged with appropriate tunes... by authority of the assembly of 1873 #147cPage Scan
Bradbury's Sabbath School Melodies, and Family Choir: a complete collection of hymns and music for all Sabbath school occasions #61Page Scan
Chapel Hymns #d15
Christian Melodies: a selection of hymns and tunes designed for social and private worship in the lecture-room and the family #210Page Scan
Christian Melodies: a selection of hymns and tunes designed for social and private worship in the lecture-room and the family (2nd ed.) #210Page Scan
Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d25
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d22
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #29Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #29Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #29Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H652Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #652Page Scan
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #622Page Scan
Die neue Harmonie ... versehen mit Deutschen und Englische texte. 2nd ed. (The New Harmony) #d3
Evangelical Hymns: for private, family, social, and public worship; selected from various authors (3rd ed. enl.) #20Page Scan
Gospel Light, or Hymns and Tunes for all Occasions of Christian Work and Worship #d9
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #152Page Scan
Hymn Book for Sunday Schools #d4
Hymns for Family Worship with Prayers for Every Day in the Week, Selected from Various Authors #82Page Scan
Hymns for Family Worship, with Prayers for Every Day in the Week (2nd ed.) #82Page Scan
Hymns for Schools: with appropriate selections from scripture and tunes suited to the metres of the hymns (3rd ed.) #242Page Scan
Hymns for Social and Private Worship, Altered to a Devotional Form #d2
Hymns for Social Worship: collected from various authors #25Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the New Jerusalem Church #d10
Hymns Selected #d3
Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d3
Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d7
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #87Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d15
Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #87TextPage Scan
Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #37Page Scan
Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #87Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #87Page Scan
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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #87Page Scan
Juvenile Psalmody. Second ed. #d2
Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #652Page Scan
Massachusetts Sabbath School Hymn Book #d7
Melodies of the Church: a collection of psalms and hymns adapted to publick and social worship, seasons of revival, monthly concerts of prayer, and various similar occasions... #d22
Mission Songs: a collection of hymns and music, designed for Sabbath schools #153Page Scan
New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #223Page Scan
New Jewish Hymnal for Religious Schools and Junior Congregations. 8th ed. #d3
Parish Hymns: a collection of hymns for public, social, and private worship; selected and original #58Page Scan
Parish Psalmody #d15
Parish Psalmody #d17
Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #50Text
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, and Approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #H446Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d17
Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d21
Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship: and approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America: the latter being arranged according to subjects... #287Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H88Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #43Page Scan
Sacred lyrics, or Select hymns: particularly adapted to revivals of religion, and intended as a supplement to Watts. #149Page Scan
Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d10
Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d10
Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #CXXXIXdPage Scan
Seamen's Hymns #29Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d12
Selah: a collection of psalm and hymn tunes, introits, anthems, chants, motetts, choruses, etc. adapted to the use of classes, private circles, and worship assemblies #300Page Scan
Selection from Tate and Brady's Version of the Psalms; with Hymns by Various Authors, for the Church in Brattle-Square #d8
Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, intended to be an Appendix to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #XXXVIIPage Scan
Social Psalmist: or hymns, selected for the private use and social meetings of evangelical Christians #29Page Scan
Songs for the New Life #d13
Sunday School Hymn Book. (19th ed) #3Page Scan
Sunday-School Hymns #48Page Scan
The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #33Page 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.) #71Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #42Page Scan
The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d15
The Christian Church Hymnal #16Page Scan
The Christian Hymn Book #d17
The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d18
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #644Page Scan
The Christian Hymnal: a choice collection of hymns and tunes for congregational and social worship #S19Page Scan
The Christian hymnal: a collection of hymns and tunes for congregational and social worship; in two parts (Rev.) #317Page Scan



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