Hymn History

take my life — hymn history part 1

For the first hymn of our study, we will be learning about Frances Ridley Havergal’s hymn that she called her ‘Hymn of Consecration’.

You will notice that this version is slightly different than what you find in most hymnals, with a chorus added to it….that is because I found this gem tucked in an old hymnal copyrighted 1899, that I found in a local thrift store. Yes, my book-crazy self will scour the shelves of books for the old, musty smelling ones =)  Actually, the store I found this in is extremely organized — even down to genre and authors last name. I think a librarian is organizing their books. Or at least a fellow book lover. Anyways…..

This is a beautiful tune that I had not heard before, and I haven’t been able to find a recording of it. The tune name is Evangel — but apparently there are a lot of tunes called that, I discovered. If you can find it, or if I can upload a piano recording of it (anyone know how to manage that one? ;-P) you will hear how pretty it is. I *think* I like it much better than that tune our church sings it to.

::::Take My Life::::

Take my life and let it be (let it be)
Consecrated Lord to Thee;
Take my hands and let them move,
At the impulse of Thy love.
All for Jesus I resign,
I am His and He is mine;
O, the rapture of His grace!
I shall see Him face to face.

Take my feet and let them move (let them move)
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
All for Jesus I resign,
I am His and He is mine;
O, the rapture of His grace!
I shall see Him face to face.

Take my lips and let them be (let them be)
Filled with messages from Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
All for Jesus I resign,
I am His and He is mine;
O, the rapture of His grace!
I shall see Him face to face.

Take my will and make it Thine (make it Thine)
It will be no longer mine;
Take my heart – it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
All for Jesus I resign,
I am His and He is mine;
O, the rapture of His grace!
I shall see Him face to face.

         Take my love – my Lord I pour (Lord I pour)
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself and I will be,
Ever only all for Thee.
All for Jesus I resign,
I am His and He is mine;
O, the rapture of His grace!
I shall see Him face to face.

Be looking for part 2 of this hymn study coming sometime this week……see below if you would like a more in-depth study than I will be posting on this blog in your inbox three times a week =)


I will be posting some of each study on this blog…..if you are interested in joining this study with me, here’s what you need to do:

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Once you have emailed me, you will be sent an email three times a week, filled with ideas and inspiration for studying each hymn. You can easily learn about each hymn by simply reading what I post on this blog, but the email will contain more information, more lessons not posted here, and some (hopefully) fun hands-on activities. If the study has already started — no problem! I will happily send you all the emails that have been sent to date, and you can look over them and play catch up.

And, to celebrate the first such study, there will be a fun give-away at the end of these first three weeks…..which I will have more details about later =)

If you know others who would enjoy participating in this study, feel free to invite them along for the ride too. The more the merrier, right?

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I am a 22 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.

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