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Anne Steele

(1717—1778) hymn writer and poet


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(1717–78) Baptist poet and hymn-writer, born at Broughton, Hampshire, where she died unmarried. In her lifetime she published Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional (1760) in two volumes under the name Theodosia; after her death the Baptist minister Caleb Evans (1737–91) republished these and added Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose and Verse (1780), again by Theodosia, but identifying her in the advertisement. Many of her hymns were included in A Collection of Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (1769), edited by Evans and John Ash, which went through seven editions, and her work was well known and loved in the late 18th-century evangelical world.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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