Saturday, January 06, 2007


Take My Life And Let It Be

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
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.

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

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.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.
The words to this hymn were penned by Francis R. Havergal (1836-1879) on February 4, 1874. The tune, "Yarbrough" was written by William Batchelder Bradbury (1816-1868).

Here's what Miss Havergal had to say concerning the inspiration for this hymn:

"Perhaps you will be interested to know the origin of the Consecration hymn 'Take my life.' I went for a little visit of five days [to Areley House]. 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 after I had retired, the governess asked me to go to the two daughters. They were crying, &c; then and there both of them trusted and rejoiced; it was nearly midnight. I was too happy to sleep, and passed most of the night in praise and renewal of my own consecration; and these little couplets formed themselves, and chimed in my heart one after another till they finished with 'Ever, ONLY, ALL for Thee!'"

While the composition that is found in the Number Eleven Old School Hymnal is slightly different than what Miss Havergal wrote, the meaning and depth remain unchanged. It's the prayer and desire of my heart that these words might come alive within my soul. Lord, I give my life to Thee, Thine forever more to be.

***Information taken from: Wholesome Words: Christian Biography Resource and The Cyber Hymnal

1 comment:

strem said...

I think we sang this about 3 times in the last week or so... at Grace Chapel and at Little Flock. Each time, it was wonderful I pray the same prayer... both for you and for myself.