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Frances Ridley Havergal

14 December 1836 - 03 June 1879


Frances Ridley Havergal was an English religious poet and hymnwriter. ‘Take My Life and Let it Be’ and ‘I Gave My Life for Thee’ are two of her best known hymns. She also wrote hymn melodies, religious tracts, and works for children. She did not occupy, and did not claim for herself, a prominent place as a poet, but by her distinct individuality, she carved out a niche which she alone could fill.

  • Born: 14 December 1836, Astley, Worcestershire
  • Died: 03 June 1879, Caswell Bay, Swansea
  • Notable Works: Three well-known hymns: I gave My life for thee; Take my life and let it be; Like a river glorious.