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Frances Ridley Havergal

Frances Ridley Havergal (14 December 1836 – 3 June 1879) was an English religious poet and hymnwriter. Take My Life and Let it Be and Thy Life for Me (also known as I Gave My Life for Thee) are two of her best known hymns. She also wrote hymn melodies, religious tracts, and works for children. She did not occupy, and did not claim for herself, a prominent place as a poet, but by her distinct individuality, she carved out a niche which she alone could fill.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 14th, 1836 (Astley), Died June 3rd, 1879 (Gower Peninsula)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W80974 10-in. 6/3/1927 I gave My life for thee Ruth Neal ; Wanda Neal Female vocal duet, with banjo and guitar lyricist  
OKeh W402136 10-in. 8/13/1928 I gave My life for thee J. Douglas Swagerty ; Mrs. J. Douglas Swagerty Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental trio lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Havergal, Frances Ridley," accessed October 25, 2021,

Havergal, Frances Ridley. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from

"Havergal, Frances Ridley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 October 2021.

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