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66 Anne STEELE was the eldest daughter of a dissenting minister at Broughton, in Hampshire, a man of piety, integrity, benevolence, and the most amiable simplicity of manners. She discovered in early life, her love of the muses, and often entertained her friends with the truly poetical and pious productions of her pen. But, it was her infelicity, as it has been of many of her kiadred spirits, to have a capacious soaring mind enclosed in a very weak and languid body. She lived for the most part a life of retirement in the saine peaceful village where she began and ended her days. The duties of friendship and religion occupied her time, and the pleasures of both constituted her delight. Her heart was apt to feel, often to a degree too painful for her own felicity; but always with the most tender and generous sympathy for her friends. Yet, she possessed a native cheerfulness; of which, even the agonizing pains she endured, in the latter part of her life, could not deprive her. In every short interval of abated suffering, she would, in a variety of ways, as weil as by her enlivening conversation, give pleasure to all around her.
Her life was a life of unaffected humility, warm benevolence, sincere friendship, and gengine devotion. She waited with christian dignity for the hour of her departure : when it came, she welcomed its approach; and having taken an affectionate leave of her friends, closed her eyes with these animating words on her lips, “ I know that my Redeemer liveth."*
* This account is taken from the preface to the third volume of her "miscellaneous pieces in prose and verse," published under the name of THEODOSIA, by the Rev. Caleb Evans, of Bristol, 1780, after her decease.
It is humbly apprehended, that a grateful and affectionate address to the exalted Saviour of mankind, or a hymn in honour of the Eternal Spirit, cannot be disagreeable to the mind of God. To stigmatize such an act of devotion with the name of idolatry, is (to say the least) an abuse of language. It cannot be justly charged with derogating from the glory due to the ONE God and Father of all, because he is the ultimate object of the honour which is given to his Son and to his Spirit.
In this Selection, those. Christians who do not scruple to sing praises to their Redeemer and Sanctifier, will find materials for such a sublime enjoypient; whilst others, whose tenderness of conscience may oblige them to confine their addresses to the Father only, will find no deficiency of matter suited to their idea of the chaste and awful spirit of devotion."
Boston, Mar 10, 1795.
N. B. The characters denoting the sharp or flat key, are prefixed to each psalm or hymn at my request, by the Rev. Dr. MORSE, of Charlestown.
THE Hymns from the 300th to the end, are added to this edition, and have been selected by a successor of the Rev. Author. It is hoped that they will increase the value of the Collection, and will serve to cherish that spirit of genuine devotion which the whole work is eminently adapted to promote.
PSALM I. Common Metre, The Happiness of the Righteous and the Misery of the
Wicked. 1 Blest is the man who shuns the place
Where sinners love to meet ;
And hates the scoffer's seat : 2 But in the statutes of the Lord
Has plac'd his chief delight;
he reads or hears the word,
By living waters set,
Enjoys a peaceful state.
Shall his profession shine ;
Like clusters on the vine.
What vain designs they form!
Or chaff before the storm.
Among the sons of grace, ,
Wien Christ, the Judge, at his right hand
Appoints his saints a place.
His heart approves it well ;
The Exaltation of Christ. 1 ATTEND, O earth, when God declares
His uncontroll'd decree;
“Have I begotten thee.
My King I thee ordain ;
" Thou shalt for ever reign.
“Thine shall the heathen be ;
“Shall be possess'd by thee. 4 “ Thy righteous sceptre thou shalt sway,
“And all thy foes command; “Just as the potter breaks the clay,
" And moulds it with his hand." 5 Be wise, ye princes, then; give ear,
Ye judges of the earth ; Worship the Lord with holy fear,
Rejoice with awful mirth. 6 Approach the Son with due respect,
To him your homage.pay ; Lest ye persist in your neglect,
And perish in your way.