~Take My Life and Let It Be (1)
Ridley Havergal, born on December 14, 1836, England, is often referred
to as the consecration poet. It has been said that the beauty of a
consecrated life has never been more perfectly revealed than in her
her brief life Miss Havergal was frail and delicate in health, yet she
was an avid student, writer and composer. She learned several modern
languages as well as Greek and Hebrew.
My Life and Let It Be
was written by Miss Havergal in 1874. She has left the following
went for a little visit of five days. There were ten persons in the
house; some were unconverted and long prayed for, some converted but not
rejoicing Christians. He gave me the prayer, ‘Lord, give me all in
He just did. Before I left the house, everyone had got a blessing. The
last night of my visit I was too happy to sleep and passed most of the
night in renewal of my consecration, and these little couplets formed
themselves and chimed in my heart one after another ’til they finished
with ‘ever only, ALL FOR THEE!’
prayer, Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold, was not
August, 1878, Miss Havergal wrote to a friend:
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.
life and let it be
(1) 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.
My Life And Let It Be (2)
Havergal wrote her famous hymn, Take My Life in 1874. It was not until
1878 that the lines were put into print. When she read the second
my silver and my gold,
a mite would I withhold,
she was suddenly convicted of her failure to do just that. She had an
amazing collection of exquisite jewelry, most of which came by gift or
inheritance. Immediately, she packed the jewels, and sent them to her
church missionary society. Then, just to be sure, she included a check
to cover the monetary value of the jewels she had chosen to keep! I
don’t think I need to tell you I have never packed a box with such
pleasure! she exclaimed.