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Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)
wrote the hymn, "Lord, Speak to Me" at Winterdyne,
Bewdley, England, for the use of lay helpers in the church.
born into an Anglican family, at Astley in Worcestershire. Her
father, William Henry Havergal (1793-1870), was a clergyman,
writer, composer, and hymnwriter. Her brother, Henry East
Havergal, was a priest in the Church of England and an
In 1852/3 she studied in the Louisenschule, Düsseldorf, and at
Oberkassel. Otherwise she led a quiet life, not enjoying
consistent good health; she travelled, in particular to
Switzerland. She supported the Church Missionary Society.
She died of
peritonitis at Caswell Bay on the Gower Peninsula in Wales. Her
sisters saw much of her work published posthumously. Havergal
College in Toronto is named after her. The composer Havergal
Brian adopted the name as a tribute to the Havergal family.
was written by the composer, Robert Schumann.
Lyrics by Frances Havergal
Lord, speak to me that I
In living echoes of Thy tone;
As Thou has sought, so let me seek
Thine erring children lost and lone.
O lead me, Lord, that
I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet;
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.
O strengthen me, that
while I stand
Firm on the rock, and strong in Thee,
I may stretch out a loving hand
To wrestlers with the troubled sea.
O teach me, Lord,
that I may teach
The precious things Thou dost impart;
And wing my words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.
O give Thine
own sweet rest to me,
That I may speak with soothing power
A word in season, as from Thee,
To weary ones in needful hour.
O fill me
with Thy fullness, Lord,
O use me, Lord, use even me,
Until my very heart overflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.
Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until Thy blessèd face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.