Anne Steele

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Anne Steele (1717 – November 11, 1778) was an English Baptist and hymn writer.

Life[edit]

Steele was born at Broughton, Hampshire. The drowning of her betrothed, a Mr. Elscourt, a few hours before the time fixed for her marriage deeply affected an otherwise quiet life.

Works[edit]

Steele's hymns, which were much used by Baptists, emphasize the less optimistic phases of Christian experience. In 1760 she published Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional under the name Theodosia. This book had a second edition (3 vols. Bristol, 1780), for which Caleb Evans wrote a preface. Her complete works were published in one volume by Daniel Sedgwick (London, 1863), as Hymns, Psalms, and Poems by Anne Steele, with a memoir by John Sheppard.[1] It comprised 144 hymns, 34 metrical psalms and 50 moral poems. Some of them, e.g. "Father of mercies, in Thy word," have found their way into the collections of other churches. She has been called the Frances Ridley Havergal of the 18th century. Several of Anne Steele's hymns appear in the Sacred Harp.

A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship, a hymn book compiled by William Gadsby and first published in 1814, includes 27 of the hymns by Anne Steele.[2] This book is used mainly by some of the Calvinistic Strict Baptist churches in England.

See also[edit]

English women hymnwriters (18th to 19th-century)

References[edit]

  1. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1898). "Steele, Anne". Dictionary of National Biography 54. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship, List of authors

Sources[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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