The Hymns of Anne Steele

Anne Steele, a remarkable 18th cent. english poet, has been getting some great attention recently. If you’re not familiar with her verse here are a number of links to her texts, tunes, and some general info.

Steele, Anne, born in 1716, was the daughter of Mr. Wm. Steele, a timber merchant, and pastor, without salary, of the Baptist Church at Broughton, in Hampshire. At an early age she showed a taste for literature, and would often entertain her friends by her poetical compositions. But it was not until 1760 that she could be prevailed upon to publish. In that year two volumes appeared under the title of Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, by Theodosia.

Anne Steele at The Hymnary 

Kevin Twit talk on Anne Steele @ Sojourn Church
audio | notes

Indelible Grace Re:tunes of Anne Steele

  1. Dear Refuge Of My Weary Soul
  2. Father Of Mercies In Thy Word
  3. My God, My Father, Blissful Name
  4. My Maker And My King
  5. O Love Incomprehensible
  6. Thou Lovely Source Of True Delight
  7. Ye Wretched, Hungry, Starving Poor

Red Mountain Anne Steele Re:tunes

  1. Come, All Ye Pining, Hungry Poor
  2. Come Dearest Lord

Sandra McCracken

  1. 980 Anne Steele – based in ‘When sins and fears prevailing rise’
  2. Petition – based in ‘Father, whate’er of earthly bliss’

Books about Anne Steele (via Kevin Twit)

Sharon James “In Trouble And In Sorrow” (Evangelical Press 2003)
J.R. Broome “A Bruised Reed: The Life and Times of Anne Steele”
Cynthia Aalders “To Express The Ineffable: The Hymns and Spirituality Of Anne Steele.”

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