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Day: June 14, 2024

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June 14, 2024

Thanks to John Wiley, a 2024 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

“Thy word can bring a sweet relief for ev’ry pain I feel.”[1] Anne Steele desperately clung to beliefs like this throughout her life. For Steele, her pains went well beyond the lines of poetry, as this Baptist hymn writer from the eighteenth century suffered from chronic illness combined with what appeared to be volatile mental health as well.

 » Read more about: “Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul”: Mental Health, Physical Suffering, and the Hymns of Anne Steele  »

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