Dear Refuge of my weary soul
Dear Refuge of my weary soul. Anne Steele* (1716-1778).
From Steele’s Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional (1760). It was entitled ‘God the only Refuge of the Troubled Mind.’ It had eight stanzas:
Dear Refuge of my weary soul, On thee, when sorrows rise: On thee, when waves of trouble roll, My fainting hope relies.
While hope revives, though prest with fears, And I can say, my God, Beneath thy feet I spread my cares, And pour my woes abroad.
To thee, I tell each rising grief, For thou alone canst heal; Thy word can bring a sweet relief For every pain I feel.
But oh! when gloomy doubts prevail, I fear to call thee mine; The springs of comfort seem to fail, And all my hopes...
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