Frances Ridley Havergal

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Frances Ridley Havergal is best remembered for her most famous Consecration hymn, “Take my life and let it be/Consecrated Lord to Thee” written in 1874. Several of her hymns are still to be found in almost every denominational hymn book. She is one of the few women writers whose reputation, though limited in its sphere, has never really waned. Apart from her hymns, Memorials of Frances Ridley Havergal (1881) by her sister Maria is the work most often referred to in connection with Havergal's life and work.

Born in 1836, the youngest daughter in a family of three girls and two boys, she became in time the most well known of a talented family. Frances' father William was an able musician and a vicar in the Church of …

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Blaize, Eslyn. "Frances Ridley Havergal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 December 2007
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