My Maker and my King
My Maker and my King. Anne Steele* (1716-1778).
From Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional (1760), where it was entitled ‘God my Creator and Benefactor’. It had six stanzas in Short Metre:
My Maker and my King, To thee my all I owe; Thy sovereign bounty is the spring, From whence my blessings flow.
Thou ever good, and kind, A thousand reasons move, A thousand obligations bind, My heart to grateful love.
The creature of thy hand, On thee alone I live: My God, thy benefits demand More praise than life can give.
O! what can I impart, When all is thine before? Thy love demands a thankful heart: The gift, alas, how poor!
Shall I withhold thy due? And shall my...
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