Great Ruler of the earth and skies

Great Ruler of the earth and skies

Author: Anne Steele
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1 Great Ruler of the earth and skies,
A word of thine almighty breath
Can sink the world, or bid it rise:
Thy smile is life, thy frown is death.

2 When angry nations rush to arms,
And rage, and noise, and tumult reign,
And war resounds its dire alarms,
And slaughter dyes the hostile plain--

3 Thy sov'reign eye looks calmly down,
And marks their course, and bounds their power;
Thy law the angry nations own,
And noise and war are heard no more.

4 Then peace returns with balmy wing;--
Sweet peace, with her what blessings fled!
Glad plenty laughs, the valleys sing,
Reviving commerce lifts her head.

5 To thee we pay our grateful songs;
Thy kind protection still implore:
Oh, may our hearts, and lives, and tongues
Confess thy goodness, and adore.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #760

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 >


Great Ruler of the earth and skies. A word of Thy, &c. Anne Steele. [National Thanksgiving for Peace.] First published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 38, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Praise for National Peace." In 1787 it was given in Rippon's Baptist Selection, No. 531, and subsequently in a large number of hymn-books in Great Britain and America, including the Cooke & Denton Hymnal, 1853; Stowell's Psalms & Hymns, 1831 (15th edition, 1877), &c. Original text in D. Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, &c, 1863.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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