Hymn Trivia: “Take My Life and Let it Be”

On February 4, 1874, Frances Havergal wrote the hymn “Take My Life and Let it Be”.   After seeing God at work in the lives of people for whom she had been praying a long time, the phrase “ever, only, all for thee” filled Frances’ heart.  Starting with this phrase, she composed the well-known hymn.

“Take My Life and Let it Be”
by Frances Havergal

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless 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.

Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Lord, may we too, strive to do everything “ever, only, all for Thee”.

(posted 1/29/18)