Frances Ridley Havergal has had a profound influence over the hearts of Christians for well over a century. Miss Havergal became a brilliant singer and pianist who dedicated her life and talents to the Lord. Miss Havergal longed for a deeper knowledge of God and was brought to see that she could not have the full blessedness of a Christian without a full surrender to Christ, then in 1874 she wrote the beautiful consecration hymn: Take my life and let it be, Consecrated Lord to Thee, Take my moments and my days; Let them flow in ceaseless praise. This gifted and truly consecrated woman died in Wales at the age of forty-three. On her tombstone is engraved, as she herself wished, her favourite text, 'The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.'