In vain my roving thoughts would find

In vain my roving thoughts would find

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 25 hymnals

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1 In vain my roving thoughts would find
A portion worthy of the mind:
On earth my soul can never rest,
For earth can never make me blest.

2 Can lasting happiness be found,
Where seasons roll their hasty round,
And days and hours with rapid flight
Sweep cares and pleasures out of sight?

3 Arise, my thoughts! my heart arise!
Leave this vain world, and seek the skies:
There joys for everyone shall last,
When seasons, days, and hours are past.

4 Thy mercy, Lord, to me impart:
O raise my thoughtless, wand'ring, heart
To pleasures perfect and sublime,
Unmeasur'd by the wings of time.

5 Let those bright worlds of endless joy
My thoughts, my hopes, my cares employ.
No more, ye restless passions, roam:
God is my bliss, and heav'n my home.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #224

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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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches: to which are added prayers for families and individuals #224Page 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.) #224Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #224TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d165
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #425Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #425Page 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 #425Page Scan
Gospel Hymns and Tune Book #d179
Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #102Text
Prison Hymn Book #d162
Psalmista: or, Choir Melodies #d132
Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship: comprising the most approved spiritual hymns with chaste and popular tunes ( New ed. rev. and enl.) #351Page Scan
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 #61cPage Scan
Supplement to Watts: a Selection of More than Five Hundred Hymns, from the Most Approved Authors on a Great Variety of Subjects ... #d208
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #617Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #214.617Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book #617Page Scan
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #499Page Scan
The Imperial Harmony #d124
The Philadelphia Hymn Book; or, a selection of sacred poetry, consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts...and others, adapted to public and private devotion #425Page Scan
The Pocket Selection of Hymns for the Use of Evangelical Churches and Religious Assemblies in the U. S. lst ed. #d126
The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #575Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #575Page Scan
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #664Page Scan
The Victory #d176



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