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Frances Ridley Havergal (1836 – 1879) was a Christian writer, poet, hymn writer and musician.  She was brought up in a Christian family in Worcestershire, England.  At the age of 3  Havergal could read.  At the age of 4, she began reading and memorizing the Bible, and at age 7 she began writing poetry.

Havergal was a devoted Bible student, memorizing the New Testament as well as the Psalms, Isaiah, and the Minor Prophets. Although highly cultured and educated she maintained a simple faith and confidence in her Lord. She lived a disciplined prayer life and it is said that she never wrote a line without first praying over it.

Havergal’s most famous hymn Take my Life and Let it Be is an extraordinary poem and is a great example of rhyming couplets

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.

Havergal had this to say about writing:

Writing is praying with me. You know a child would look up at every sentence and say, ‘And what shall I say next?’ That is just what I do; I ask Him that at every line He would give me not merely thoughts and power, but also every word, even the very rhymes.

If you’re a writer what does this say to you?  Will you do anything different?   Here’s my relection, I’m working on moving the words from my head to my heart, and from understanding to belief.


Ever, Only, All for Thee

More of you and less of me.
This is how my world should be.

Less of me and more of you,
Shift my world and change my view.

Use my talents and my skill,
Mould me to your perfect will.

Transform my mind, renew my soul
Fill me up and make me whole.

Take my worry and my fear,
Hold me close when night draws near.

Cast my shadows into the night,
Turn me toward your brilliant light.

Cover me with your peace today,
This to you my Lord I pray.

Take my life and let it be,
Ever, only, all for thee.

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