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Frances Ridley Havergal died 6/3/1879 at Caswall Bay, near Swansea, Wales – her tombstone says “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”  She was born in Astley, England, 12/14/1836 to Minister & Mrs William Henry Havergal.  Little to nothing is known about her mother but her father was a clergyman (Episcopal), as well as a composer of music & hymn-writer, as was her brother, Henry East H.

Enough money (& vision) was there for Frances to be educated in both England & Germany.  She took to languages, knowing several modern ones & was a Hebrew & Greek scholar. She is said to have memorized the Psalms, Isaiah, & a lot of the NT.  Frances sang well & played the piano but since she thought of talents as “loans” from God, refused to sing everything except sacred music.  As 1873 was nearing its end Miss Havergal came to the end of her search for a “deeper knowledge” of the Lord.  On the first Lord’s Day of December (2nd) she saw her need of a complete surrender to Jesus Christ.  It is fitting then that her “Take My Life and Let It Be” was written 2/4/1874.

“Take My Life and Let It Be” – Frances herself said, “I was so overwhelmed on Sunday at hearing three of my hymns touchingly sung in Perry Church, that I never before realized the high privilege of writing for the ‘great congregation,’ especially when they sang, ‘I gave My life for thee’ to my father’s tune.”

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee. 

Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

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