Take my life, and let it be

Take my life, and let it be. Frances Ridley Havergal* (1836-1879). Written on 4 February 1874, not long after Havergal’s experience of ‘the blessedness of true consecration’ on Advent Sunday 1873. She described the composition herself, in an account of a visit to Areley House (near Stourport, Worcestershire): I went for a little visit of five days. There were ten persons in the house, some unconverted and long prayed for, some converted but not rejoicing Christians. He gave me the prayer, “Lord, give me all in this house!” And He just did! Before I left the house every one had got a blessing. The last night of my visit I was too happy to sleep, and passed most of the night in praise and...

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