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Published On: Tue, Jan 22nd, 2013

Take My Life and Let It Be

Take My Life and Let It Be

Frances Ridley Havergal was born into an English clergyman’s family in Astley, Worcestershire, in the Christmas season of 1836. With a skill for languages, she studied Latin, French, German, Greek, and Hebrew. At the piano, she played Bach with skill and grace.

Havergal was a well-known hymn-writer by the time she reached her mid-30s. Eventually she had 71 hymn lyrics to her credit. Though she had no formal theological training apart from her diligent, daily study of the Scriptures, coupled with a strong prayer life, her words have a humble weightiness about them, often piercing the heart.

One of her most noteworthy qualities is that she filled her heart and mind to the brim with God’s Word. Perhaps this was what made her life not just fragrant, but fruitful (Psalm 1). Even in her youth she memorized vast portions of the Bible—from Isaiah to the Minor Prophets, from the psalms of David to the New Testament.

 In 1873, Francis had a dramatic personal spiritual experience in which she realized the importance of complete surrender to God. Soon thereafter, she was visiting a home in which 10 people lived. Several of the 10 were unconverted; the others were uncommitted Christians. Frances, who was staying in the home for an extended visit, prayed “Lord, give me this entire house.” Before her stay had ended, all 10 members of the household had committed their lives completely to Jesus. On the last night of her visit Francis was too excited to sleep – It was then and there she wrote the lyrics to the beautiful Take My Life and Let it Be.

This hymn has stirred many hearts towards a deeper commitment to Christ. Even as she was writing the words, Francis herself was motivated to submit more to her Lord. As she wrote the words Take my voice and let me sing…, she made a decision to give up her career as a concert soloist, and sing only for Him. As she wrote the words Take my silver and my gold…, she made a choice to donate her considerable jewelry collection for the sake of missions.        In August, 1878, Miss Havergal wrote to a friend:

The Lord has shown me another little step, and, of course, I have taken it with extreme delight. ‘Take my silver and my gold’ now means shipping off all my ornaments to the church Missionary House, including a jewel cabinet that is really fit for a countess, where all will be accepted and disposed of for me…I don’t think I ever packed a box with such pleasure.

No less than seven melodies have been written to accompany Take My Life and Let it Be. The one most commonly seen in contemporary hymnbooks was written in 1827, by Henri A. Cesar Malan (1787-1864), who was one of the men responsible for the hymn movement within the French Reformed Church.

 

(1) Take My Life and Let It Be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;

Take my hands and let them move

At the impulse of Thy love,

At the impulse of Thy love.

 

(2) Take my feet and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee;

Take my voice and let me sing

Always, only, for my King,

always, only for my King.

 

(3) Take my lips and let them be

Filled with messages for Thee;

Take my silver and my gold,

Not a mite would I withhold,

Not a mite would I withhold.

 

(4) Take my love, my God, I pour

At Thy feet its treasures store;

Take myself and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee,

Ever, only, all for Thee.

 

Abad of Jesus Christ,

 Stulo Robinson.S.

 

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