1836–1879
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De­cem­ber 14, 1836, Ast­ley, Wor­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land.

June 3, 1879, Cas­well Bay (near Swan­sea), Wales.

Pri­ory Church of St. Pe­ter, Ast­ley, Wor­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land. 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

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Frances was the daugh­ter of Will­iam Hav­er­gal and Jane Head.

She 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:

Havergal wrote this po­em to an­oth­er hymn­ist:

A SEEING HEART

To Fan­ny Cro­sby

Sweet blind singer over the sea,
Tuneful and jubilant, how can it be
That the songs of gladness, which float so far,
As if they fell from the evening star,
Are the notes of one who never may see
Visible music of flower and tree,
Purple of mountains, or glitter of snow,
Ruby and gold of the sunset glow,
And never the light of a loving face?
Must not the world be a desolate place
For eyes that are sealed with the seal of years,
Eyes that are open only for tears?
How can she sing in the dark like this?
What is her fountain of light and bliss?

O, her heart can see, her heart can see!
And its sight is strong, and swift and free;
Never the ken of mortal eye
Could pierce so deep, and far, and high
As the eagle vision of hearts that dwell
In the lofty, sunlit citadel
Of Faith that overcomes the world.
With banners of Hope and Joy unfurled,
Garrisoned with God’s perfect Peace,
Ringing with paeans that never cease,
Flooded with splendor bright and broad,
The glorious light of the Love of God.

Her heart can see, her heart can see!
Well may she sing so joyously!
For the King Himself, in His tender grace,
Hath shown her the brightness of His face;
And who shall pine for a glowworm light
When the sun goes forth in His radiant might?
She can read His law, as a shining chart,
For His finger hath written it on her heart;
She can read His love, for on all her way
His hand is writing it every day
Bright cloud indeed must that darkness be
Where Jesus only the heart can see.

Her heart can see! her heart can see,
Beyond the glooms and the mystery,
Glimpses of glory not far away,
Nearing and brightening day by day;
Golden crystal and emerald bow,
Luster of pearl and sapphire glow,
Sparkling river and healing tree,
Evergreen palms of victory,
Harp and crown and raiment white,
Holy and beautiful dwellers in light;
A throne, and One thereon, whose face
Is the glory of that glorious place.

Dear blind sister over the sea,
An English heart goes forth to thee.
We are linked by a cable of faith and song,
Flashing bright sympathy swift along;
One in the East and one in the West,
Singing for Him whom our souls love best,
Singing for Jesus, telling His love,
All the way to our home above.
Where the severing sea, with its restless tide,
Never shall hinder, and never divide.
Sister! what will our meeting be,
When our hearts shall sing and our eyes shall see?

PRELUDE TO HAVERGAL’S Ministry of Song, 1870

Amid the broken waters of our ever-restless thought,
Oh be my verse an answering gleam from higher radiance caught;
That where through dark o’erarching boughs of sorrow, doubt and sin,
The glorious Star of Bethlehem upon the flood looks in,
Its tiny trembling ray may bid some downcast vision turn
To that enkindling Light, for which all earthly shadows yearn.
Oh be my verse a hidden stream, which silently may flow
Where drooping leaf and thirsty flower in lonely valleys grow;
And often by its shady course to pilgrim hearts be brought,
The quiet and refreshment of an upward-pointing thought;
Till, blending with the broad bright stream of sanctified endeavor,
God’s glory be its ocean home, the end it seeketh ever.

  1. Another Year Is Dawn­ing
  2. As Thy Day, Thy Strength Shall Be
  3. Begin at Once! In the Plea­sant Days
  4. Certainly I Will Be with Thee
  5. Church of God, Be­loved and Chos­en
  6. From Glo­ry un­to Glo­ry
  7. God Al­mighty, King of Na­tions
  8. God Doth Not Bid Thee Wait
  9. God in Hea­ven, Hear Our Sing­ing
  10. God Will Take Care of You
  11. God’s Re­it­er­at­ed All
  12. Golden Harps Are Sound­ing
  13. Half Has Ne­ver Been Told, The
  14. Happy New Year, A
  15. Have You Not a Word for Je­sus?
  16. He Hath Spo­ken in the Dark­ness
  17. He Is with Thee
  18. Hear the Fa­ther’s An­cient Pro­mise
  19. Holy and In­fin­ite! View­less, Eter­nal
  20. Holy Breth­ren, Called and Chos­en
  21. Holy Fa­ther, Thou Hast Spo­ken
  22. I Am Trust­ing Thee
  23. I Bring My Sins to Thee
  24. I Could Not Do With­out Thee
  25. I Gave My Life for Thee
  26. I Love, I Love My Mas­ter
  27. In Full and Glad Sur­ren­der
  28. In God’s Great Field of La­bor
  29. In the Ev­en­ing There Is Weep­ing
  30. Increase Our Faith, Be­lov­ed Lord
  31. Is It for Me?
  32. Israel of God, Awak­en
  33. Jehovah’s Cov­en­ant Shall En­sure
  34. Jesus, Bless­èd Sav­ior
  35. Jesus, Mas­ter, Whose I Am
  36. Jesus, On­ly! In the Sha­dow
  37. Jesus, Thy Life Is Mine
  38. Joined to Christ by Mys­tic Un­ion
  39. Just When Thou Wilt, O Mas­ter, Call
  40. King Eter­nal and Im­mor­tal
  41. Leave Be­hind Earth’s Em­pty Plea­sure
  42. Light Af­ter Dark­ness
  43. Like a Ri­ver Glo­ri­ous
  44. Live Out Thy Life With­in Me
  45. Lord, Speak to Me
  46. Master, How Shall I Bless Thy Name?
  47. Master, Speak! Thy Ser­vant Hear­eth
  48. New Mer­cies, New Bless­ings
  49. Nobody Knows but Je­sus
  50. Not Your Own, but His Ye Are
  51. Now Let Us Sing the An­gels’ Song
  52. Now the Day­light Goes Away
  53. Now the Sow­ing and the Weep­ing
  54. O Glo­ri­ous God and King
  55. O Mas­ter, at Thy Feet
  56. O Sav­ior, Pre­cious Sav­ior
  57. O Thou Chos­en Church of Je­sus
  58. O What Ev­er­last­ing Bless­ings
  59. On Our Way Re­joic­ing
  60. Only a Mor­tal’s Pow­er
  61. Our Fa­ther, Our Fa­ther
  62. Our Sav­ior and Our King
  63. Precious, Pre­cious Blood of Je­sus
  64. Resting on the Faith­ful­ness
  65. Sing, O Hea­vens, the Lord Hath Done It
  66. Singing for Je­sus, Our Sav­ior and King
  67. Sit Down Be­neath His Sha­dow
  68. Sovereign Lord and Gra­cious Mas­ter
  69. Standing at the Por­tal
  70. Take My Life and Let It Be
  71. Tell It Out
  72. Tempted and Tried
  73. Thou Art Com­ing, O My Sav­ior
  74. To Thee, O Com­for­ter Di­vine
  75. Truehearted, Whole­heart­ed, Fait­hful and Loy­al
  76. Through the Yes­ter­day of Ag­es
  77. What Know We, Ho­ly God, of Thee
  78. Unfailing One, The
  79. Unfurl the Chris­tian Stan­dard
  80. Unto Him That Hath Thou Giv­est
  81. What Thou Hast Done for Me
  82. Who Is on the Lord’s Side?
  83. Why Will You Do With­out Him?
  84. With Quiv­er­ing Heart and Trem­bling Will
  85. Will Ye Not Come to Him for Life?
  86. Worthy of All Ad­or­a­tion
  87. Ye Who Hear the Bless­ed Call
  88. Yes, He Knows the Way Is Drea­ry
  1. Eirene
  2. Epenetus
  3. Hermas
  4. Varaždin
  5. Watchword