Early April 1818, Redcross, County Wicklow, Ireland.

October 12, 1895, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Derry City Cemetery, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.


Alexander was the wife of Will­iam Al­ex­an­der, bishop of Der­ry and Rap­hoe, and later the Ang­li­can primate for Ire­land.

Cecil and her sister founded a school for the deaf, and she set up the Girls’ Friendly Society in Lon­don­der­ry. She wrote about 400 hymns in her lifetime. Her works include:

  1. All Things Bright and Beautiful
  2. Angels Stand Around Thy Throne, The
  3. Dear Lord, This Thy Servant’s Day
  4. Do No Sinful Action
  5. Christ Has Ascended Up Again
  6. Eternal Gates Lift Up Their Heads, The
  7. Every Morning the Red Sun
  8. For All Thy Saints, a Noble Throng
  9. Forgive Them, O My Father
  10. Forsaken Once, and Thrice Denied
  11. From Out the Cloud of Amber Light
  12. He Is Coming, He Is Coming
  13. He Is Risen
  14. His Are the Thousand Sparkling Rills
  15. How Good Is the Almighty God
  16. In Nazareth in Olden Times
  17. In the Rich Man’s Garden
  18. It Was Early in the Morning
  19. Jesus Calls Us
  20. O Love Most Patient, Give Me Grace
  21. Once in Bethlehem of Judah
  22. Once in Royal David’s City
  23. Once in the Town of Bethlehem
  24. Pain and Toil Are Over Now
  25. Roseate Hues of Early Dawn, The
  26. Saints of God Are Holy Men, The
  27. Saw You Never, in the Twilight?
  28. So Be It, Lord; the Prayers Are Prayed
  29. Souls in Heathen Darkness Lying
  30. Spirit of God, That Moved of Old
  31. St. Patrick’s Breastplate
  32. Still Bright and Blue Doth Jordan Flow
  33. There Is a Green Hill Far Away
  34. There Is One Way
  35. Up in Heaven
  36. We Are but Little Children Weak
  37. We Are Little Christian Children
  38. We Were Washed in Holy Water
  39. When Christ Came Down on Earth of Old
  40. When of Old the Jewish Mothers
  41. When Wounded Sore the Stricken Heart
  42. Within the Churchyard, Side by Side