Indelible Grace Hymnbook

Frances Ridley Havergal

Born: De­cem­ber 14, 1836, Ast­ley, Wor­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land.

Died: June 3, 1879, Cas­wall Bay, near Swan­sea, Wales.

Buried: Ast­ley, Wor­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land, the ci­ty of her birth. On her tomb­stone was the Scrip­ture verse she claimed as her own:

The blood of Je­sus Christ cleans­eth us from all sin.
1 John 1:7

Daughter of Will­iam Havergal, Fran­ces was a bright but short lived can­dle in Eng­lish hym­no­dy. She was bap­tized by hym­nist John Ca­wood, was read­ing by age four, and be­gan writ­ing verse at age se­ven. She learned La­tin, Greek and He­brew, and mem­o­rized the Psalms, the book of Isai­ah, and most of the New Test­a­ment. Her works in­clude:

My King and His Ser­vice
Ministry of Song, 1870
Under the Sur­face, 1874
Kept for the Mas­ter’s Use, 1879 (pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly)
Life Chords, 1880 (pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly)

Source: The Cyber Hymnal