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Frances Ridley Havergal

1838-1879. Hymnwriter. Born in a Worcestershire rectory, she early gave evidence of possessing great gifts. She became very proficient in Latin, Greek and Hebrew, but her main interest was the writing of poetry, which she began when she was only seven. Converted at fifteen, she spent the rest of her life in various Christian activities. Her first accepted poem was “I gave my life for thee,” but even more popular is the well-known “Take my life and let it be.” She published several volumes of poems and hymns, the best known of which is Kept for the Master's Use.