O for a sweet, inspiring ray

O for a sweet, inspiring ray

Author: Anne Steele
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1 O for a sweet inspiring ray,
To animate our feeble strains,
From the bright realms of endless day,
The blissful realms, where Jesus reigns!

2 There low before his glorious throne,
Adoring saints and angels fall
And with delightful worship own
His smile their bliss, their heaven, their all.

3 Immortal glories crown his head,
While tuneful hallelujahs rise:
And love, and joy, and triumph spread
Through all the assemblies of the skies.

4 He smiles, and seraphs tune their songs,
To boundless rapture while they gaze;
Ten thousand thousand joyful tongues
Resound his everlasting praise.

5 There all the ransomed of the Lamb
Shall join at last the heavenly choir;
O may the joy-inspiring them,
Awake our faith, our warm desire!

6 Dear Savior, let thy Spirit seal
Our interest in that blissful place.
Till death remove this mortal veil
And we behold thy lovely face.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

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 for a sweet, inspiring ray
Author: Anne Steele
Language: English



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