May 1716, Broughton, Hampshire, England.

November 11, 1778, Broughton, Hampshire, England.

Saint Mary’s churchyard, Broughton, Hampshire, England.


Anne’s father was William Steele, a timber merchant who was also a lay preacher at the Baptist church in Broughton. She lost her mother at age 3. At age 19, a severe hip injury made her a lifelong invalid. At age 21, her fiancé drowned the day before they were to be married. From this series of tragedies rose 144 hymns and 34 versified Psalms, which were enormously popular. Her main work was Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional (1760). When Trinity Church in Boston, Massachusetts (where Phillips Brooks was later rector) published its hymnal in 1808, 59 of its 144 hymns were from the pen of Anne Steele. She preferred to remain anonymous, though, writing under a pen name. Her tombstone carried these words:

Silent the lyre, and dumb the tuneful tongue,
That sung on earth her great Redeemer’s praise;
But now in Heaven she joins the angelic song,
In more harmonious, more exalted lays.

  1. Ah, Wretched Souls Who Strive in Vain
  2. Alas, What Hourly Dangers Rise!
  3. Amazing Love That Stooped So Low
  4. And Did the Holy and the Just
  5. And Is the Gospel Peace and Love?
  6. Awake, Awake the Sacred Song
  7. Awake, My Soul, Nor Slumbering Lie
    • That Awful Hour Will Soon Appear
  8. Bright Scenes of Bliss, Unclouded Skies
  9. Come, Heavenly Love, Inspire My Song
  10. Come, Let Our Souls Adore the Lord
  11. Come, Lord, and Warm Each Languid Heart
  12. Come, Thou Desire of All Thy Saints
  13. Come, Tune Ye Saints, Your Noblest Strains
  14. Come, Weary Souls with Sin Distressed
  15. Come Ye That Love the Savior’s Name
  16. Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul
  17. Deep Are the Wounds Which Sin Has Made
  18. Enslaved by Sin, and Bound in Chains
  19. Eternal Power, Almighty God
  20. Eternal Source of Joys Divine
  21. Father of Mercies, in Thy Word
  22. God of My Salvation Lives, The
  23. Gospel, O What Endless Charms, The
  24. Great God, to Thee My Evening Song
  25. Great Ruler of the Earth and Skies
  26. Great Source of Boundless Power and Grace
  27. He Lives! the Great Redeemer Lives!
  28. Hear, Gracious Lord, My Humble Moan
  29. Hear, O My God, with Pity Hear
  30. How Blest Are Those, How Truly Wise
  31. How Far Beyond Our Mortal View
  32. How Helpless Guilty Nature Lies
  33. How Long Shall Earth’s Alluring Toys
    • O Could Our Thoughts and Wishes Fly
  34. How Lovely, How Divinely Sweet
  35. How Oft, Alas!
  36. In Vain I Trace Creation O’er
  37. In Vain My Roving Thoughts Would Find
  38. Jesus, and Didst Thou Leave the Sky?
  39. Jesus Demands This Heart of Mine
  40. Jesus, the Spring of Joys Divine
  41. Jesus, Thou Source Divine
  42. Life Is a Span, a Fleeting Hour
    • Once Loved Form, Now Cold and Dead, The
  43. Long Has Divine Compassion Strove
  44. Look Up, My Soul, with Cheerful Eye
  45. Lord, How Mysterious Are Thy Ways
  46. Lord, in the Temple of Thy Grace
  47. Lord, in Thy Great, Thy Glorious Name
  48. Lord, My Shepherd and My Guide, The
  49. Lord, the God of Glory Reigns, The
  50. Lord, Thou Hast Been Thy Children’s God
  51. Lord, We Adore Thy Boundless Grace
  52. Lord, When My Raptured Thought Surveys
  53. Lord, When My Thoughts Delighted Rove
  54. Mind Was Formed to Mount Sublime, The
  55. My God, My Father, Blissful Name!
  56. My God, O Could I Make the Claim
  57. My God, ’Tis to Thy Mercy Seat
  58. My God, to Thee I Call
  59. My Maker and My King
  60. My Soul, to God, Its Source, Aspires
  61. O Could Our Thoughts and Wishes Fly
  62. O for a Sweet, Inspiring Ray
  63. O for the Eye of Faith Divine
  64. O Jesus, Our Exalted Head
  65. Oh Thou Whose Tender Mercy Hears
  66. O World of Bliss, Could Mortal Eyes
  67. Once Loved Form Now Cold and Dead, The
  68. Permit Me, Lord, to Seek Thy Face
  69. Praise Ye the Lord, Let Praise Employ
  70. Promised Land, The
  71. Savior Calls, The
  72. Savior! O What Endless Charms, The
  73. See, Gracious God, Before Thy Throne
  74. See, Lord, Thy Willing Subjects Bow
  75. Should Famine o’er the Mourning Field
  76. So Fades the Lovely, Blooming Flower
  77. Stern Winter Throws His Icy Chains
  78. Stretched on the Cross, the Savior Dies
  79. Sure, the Blest Comforter Is Nigh
  80. There Is a Glorious World on High
  81. There Is a God
  82. Thou Lovely Source of True Delight
  83. Thou Only Sovereign of My Heart
  84. Thy Gracious Presence, O My God
  85. Thy Kingdom, Lord, Forever Stands
  86. To Jesus, Our Exalted Lord
  87. To Our Redeemer’s Glorious Name
  88. To Your Creator, God
  89. Triumphant, Christ Ascends on High
  90. When Blest with That Transporting View
  91. When Blooming Youth Is Snatched Away
  92. When Death Before My Sight
  93. When Gloomy Thoughts and Fears
  94. When I Resolved to Watch My Thoughts
  95. When I Survey Life’s Varied Scene
  96. When Sins and Fears Prevailing Rise
  97. When Weary Souls with Sin Distressed
  98. Whene’er the Angry Passions Rise
  99. Where Is God? Does He Retire?
  100. While Justice Waves Her Vengeful Hand
  101. While My Redeemer’s Near
  102. Why Sinks My Weak Desponding Mind?
  103. Ye Earthly Vanities, Depart
  104. Ye Glittering Toys of Earth, Adieu
  105. Ye Humble Souls, Approach Your God
  106. Ye Wretched, Hungry, Starving Poor

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