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I Gave My Life For Thee Hymn History and Lyrics

I Gave My Life For Thee Hymn History


This is another hymn from Frances Ridley Havergal who wrote many poems and hymns that have continued to bless millions of Christians all over the world.

Other hymns that she wrote include, "Golden harps are sounding,” “I gave my life for thee," “Jesus, Master, Whose I am,” “Lord, speak to me,” “O Master, at Thy feet,” “Take my life and let it be,” and “Tell it out among the heathen,"

Havergal was born on December 14, 1836, at Astley, Worcestershire, England. She is said to have been passionately fond of music from her babyhood. One of her godmother is reported to have said, "I believe Fanny will die singing." This was to come true on her passing.

Havergal passed away when she was only forty-two on June 3, 1879. When she was told that her inflammation was increasing, she among other things asked for the hymn, "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds".  

She also chose her own text, "The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son Cleanseth us from all sin" to be placed on her coffin.

She died while singing her own hymn.

The inspiration for today's hymn came from the text on a picture of the crucified Savior she saw in German. The text (motto) was: "I did this for thee. What hast thou done for me?"  This was in 1858.

As she read these words the lines of this hymn started forming in her head. She wrote them in pencil on a scrap of paper. 

She, however, did not like the song and tossed the paper into a stove. Fortunately for us, the words were not touched by the fire. A few months later she showed the song to her father who asked her to preserve them.

We thank God that she did preserve this as we would have missed out on this beautiful hymn.

Frances Havergal


I Gave My Life For Thee Hymn Lyrics


I gave My life for thee,
My precious blood I shed,
That thou might ransomed be,
And raised up from the dead;
I gave, I gave My life for thee,
What hast thou giv’n for Me?
I gave, I gave My life for thee,
What hast thou giv’n for Me?

My Father’s house of light,
My glory-circled throne
I left for earthly night,
For wand’rings sad and lone;
I left, I left it all for thee,
Hast thou left aught for Me?
I left, I left it all for thee,
Hast thou left aught for Me?

I suffered much for thee,
More than thy tongue can tell,
Of bitt’rest agony,
To rescue thee from hell;
I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee,
What hast thou borne for Me?
I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee,
What hast thou borne for Me?

And I have brought to thee,
Down from My home above,
Salvation full and free,
My pardon and My love;
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee,
What hast thou brought to Me?
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee,
What hast thou brought to Me?


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