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This hymn was written by Frances Ridley Havergal, an English Anglican rector’s daughter.  His name was William Havergal and he also wrote hymns on the side.

She was his youngest child from his first wife who died when Frances was very young.  She was a sickly child and did a lot of her studies at home.

She seemed to have quite an intellectual gift. She learned to read by age 4.  By age 7, she was writing verse and wrote hymns and poems throughout her life.   She also learned several languages.

She wrote quite a few hymns including some that are still sung to this day.

They inlcude: I Gave My Life for Thee, Like a River Glorious, and Who is on the Lord’s Side?

She only lived to be in her 40’s outliving her father by about 7 years and her mother who raised her, by one year.

Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in ceaseless praise, (repeat)

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, (repeat)

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

Take my silver and my gold; Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use Every power as Thou shalt choose, (repeat)

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, (repeat)

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

by Frances Ridley Havergal 1836-1879

I wasn’t able to find a video of this hymn.  I’m guessing it is because it is such an old hymn and doesn’t have a newer tune that I could find.