289. Take My Life That It May Be

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1 Take my life that it may be
all you purpose, Lord, for me.
Take my moments and my days;
let them sing your endless praise.

2 Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of your love.
Take my feet and lead their way;
never let them go astray.

3 Take my voice and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and keep them true,
filled with messages from you.

4 Take my wealth, all I possess;
make me rich in faithfulness.
Take my mind that I may use
every power as you shall choose.

5 Take my motives and my will,
all your purpose to fulfill.
Take my heart– it is your own;
it shall be your royal throne.

6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at your feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
yours for all eternity.

Text Information
First Line: Take my life that it may be
Title: Take My Life That It May Be
Author: Frances R. Havergal (1874)
Meter: 77 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Commitment & Dedication; Love: God's Love to Us; Dedication and Offering (3 more...)
Source: Psalter Hymnal, 1987, rev.
Tune Information
Composer: Timothy Hoekman (1979)
Meter: 77 77
Key: D Major
Copyright: © 1985, CRC Publications

Text Information:

Scripture References:
all st. = Isa. 6:8, Phil. 1:20-21, Rom. 12:1
st. 4 = Luke 21:2-3

This text is an updated version of Frances R. Havergal's “Take My Life and Let It Be” (288) and is partly modeled after a revision of all Havergal's text published in Hymns for Today's Church (1982).

Liturgical Use:
See PHH 288

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

Timothy L. Hoekman (b. Racine, WI, 1954) composed TEBBEN in 1979 for the text "Take My Life and Let It Be" (288), and it was first sung by the Ann Arbor (MI) Christian Reformed Church on May 13,1979. Hoekman dedicated the tune to his grandfather on his mother's side, Kasjen Tebben, who was a Christian Reformed minister for fifty-nine years. Hoekman received his education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, Maryland; and the University of Michigan (D.MA). From 1982 to 1984 he taught at East Carolina University and since 1984 has been a professor of vocal coaching and accompanying at Florida State University, Tallahassee. He is also artistic director for the South Georgia Opera Company and assistant conductor and vocal coach for the Glimmerglass Opera Company, Cooperstown, New York. His published work includes Seven Housman Songs

TEBBEN consists of four phrases with connecting harmonic links from one phrase to the next. This haunting tune may be sung in unison, but is particularly beautiful sung in harmony, especially when sung in two long flowing lines with a sustained tempo. See 5 for a setting of this tune in a lower key.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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