Take My Life And Let It Be

Author – Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836 – 1879
Composer – H.A. Cesar Malan, 1787- 1864

I Corinthians 10:31 – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Frances Ridley Havergal, born in England, is often referred to as “the consecration poet.” It has been said that the beauty of a consecrated life has never been more perfectly revealed than in her daily living. Wherever she saw spiritual and physical needs, Frances was there with genuine concern.

At the age of four she began reading and memorizing the Bible. At the age of seven she was already writing her thoughts in verse. Throughout her brief life Miss Havergal was frail and delicate in health, yet she was an avid student, writer and composer. She learned several modern languages as well as Greek and Hebrew. She was sought after as a concert soloist and was also known as a brilliant pianist of the classics. Despite these musical talents, coupled with a vibrant personality offering possibilities for much worldly acclaim, her life’s mission was to sing and work for Jesus.

“Take My Live and Let It Be” was written by Miss Havergal in 1874. She has left the following account:

I went for a little visit of five days. There were ten persons in the house; some were unconverted and long prayed for, some converted but not rejoicing Christians. He gave me the prayer, “Lord, give me all in this house.” And He just did. Before I left the house, everyone had got a blessing. The last night of my visit I was too happy to sleep and passed most of the night in renewal of my consecration, and these little couplets formed themselves and chimed in my heart one after another till they finished with “ever only, ALL FOR THEE!”

At the age of forty-two, when told by her physician that her physical condition was serious and that she did not have long to live, Miss Havergal replied, “If I am really going, it is too good to be true.”

Frances R. Havergal is also the author of the hymn, “Like A River Glorious”, “I Gave My Life For Thee” and “Who Is On The Lord’s Side?”