O could our thoughts and wishes fly

O could our thoughts and wishes fly

Author: Anne Steele
Tune: COVENTRY (Root)
Published in 157 hymnals

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1 O could our thoughts and wishes fly
Above these gloomy shades,
To those bright worlds beyond the sky,
Which sorrow ne'er invades!

2 There joys unseen by mortal eyes,
Or reason's feeble ray,
In ever blooming prospects rise,
Unconscious of decay.

3 Lord, send a beam of light divine,
To guide our upward aim!
With one reviving touch of thine,
Our languid hearts inflame.

4 Then shall, on faith's sublimest wing,
Our ardent wishes rise
To those bright scenes, where pleasures spring
Immortal in the skies.

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: O could our thoughts and wishes fly
Author: Anne Steele
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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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 #728Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #954Page Scan
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... #459Page Scan
A Selection of Spiritual Songs: with music for the Church and the Choir #1012Page Scan
American Sunday School Psalmody; or, hymns and music, for the use of Sunday-schools and teacher's meetings; with a manual of instruction #71Page Scan
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Better Than Pearls: sacred songs expressly adapted for gospel meetings #138Page Scan
Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d623
Cantica Laudis: or, the American Book of Church Music #d215
Carmina Sacra: or, Boston Collection of Church Music: comprising the most popular psalm and hymn tunes in eternal use together with a great variety of new tunes, chants, sentences, motetts... #85aPage Scan
Carmina Sacra: or, Boston Collection of Church Music: comprising the most popular psalm and hymn tunes in eternal use together with a great variety of new tunes, chants, sentences, motetts... #86aPage Scan
Chapel Hymns #d395
Christ in Song #d392
Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #813Page Scan
Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #646Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #330Page Scan
Christian Melodies: a selection of hymns and tunes designed for social and private worship in the lecture-room and the family #93Page Scan
Christian Melodies: a selection of hymns and tunes designed for social and private worship in the lecture-room and the family (2nd ed.) #93Page Scan
Christian Praise: hymns and tunes for public worship #191Page Scan
Christian Praise: hymns and tunes for the use of the Baptist churches #191Page Scan
Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d653
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d754
Church Melodies: collection of psalms and hymns, with appropriate music. For the use of congregations. #308Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #332Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #332Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #332Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H398Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #398Page Scan
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #461Page Scan
Evangelical Hymns: for private, family, social, and public worship; selected from various authors (3rd ed. enl.) #100Page Scan
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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d457
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #698Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #650Page Scan
Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #854Page Scan
Hymns and Tunes: for Public and Private Worship, and Sunday Schools #129Page Scan
Hymns and Tunes: for those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. #139Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #827Page Scan
Hymns for Social Worship: selected from Watts, Doddridge, Newton, Cowper, Steele and others #538Page Scan
Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d755
Hymns, Selected and Arranged for the Sunday School of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, Philadelphia #d130
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d552
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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #993Page Scan
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Lights of Home #d67
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Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #398Page Scan
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... #d721
Mission Songs: a collection of hymns and music, designed for Sabbath schools #30Page Scan
New Manual of Praise: for Sabbath and Social Worship #606Page Scan
Our Songs of Faith #d75
Pilgrim Songs for the Sunday School #131Page Scan
Pleasures of Heaven #d72
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #584Page Scan
Psalmista: or, Choir Melodies #d176
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, and Approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #H295Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d591
Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: a manual of worship for the church of Christ #1240Page Scan
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... #369Page Scan
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Psalms and Hymns: adapted to social, private and public worship in the Cumberland Presbyterian Chruch #431Page Scan
Sacred Lyrics #d88
Sacred lyrics, or Select hymns: particularly adapted to revivals of religion, and intended as a supplement to Watts. #83Page Scan
Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship: comprising the most approved spiritual hymns with chaste and popular tunes #324Page Scan
Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship: comprising the most approved spiritual hymns with chaste and popular tunes ( New ed. rev. and enl.) #375Page Scan
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Seamen's Hymns #332Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d434
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 #97aPage Scan
Select Hymns #d307
Select Hymns: adapted to the devotional exercises of the Baptist denomination (2nd ed.) #263Page Scan
Social Hymn and Tune Book: for the Lecture Room, Prayer Meeting, Family Circle, and Mission Church #d281
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Social Psalmist: or hymns, selected for the private use and social meetings of evangelical Christians #332Page Scan
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Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian worship #641Page Scan
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Songs of Gladness for the Sabbath School #11aPage Scan
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Songs of Pilgrimage: a hymnal for the churches of Christ (2nd ed.) #1342Page Scan
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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 #189Page Scan
The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d273
The American Vocalist: a selection of tunes, anthems, sentences, and hymns, old and new: designed for the church, the vestry, or the parlor; adapted to every variety of metre in common use. (Rev. ed.) #99aPage Scan
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