Cecil Frances Alexander

Cecil Frances Alexander
From: Cyberhymnal
Short Name: Cecil Frances Alexander
Full Name: Alexander, Cecil Frances, 1818-1895
Birth Year: 1818
Death Year: 1895

As a small girl, Cecil Frances Humphries (b. Redcross, County Wicklow, Ireland, 1818; Londonderry, Ireland, 1895) wrote poetry in her school's journal. In 1850 she married Rev. William Alexander, who later became the Anglican primate (chief bishop) of Ireland. She showed her concern for disadvantaged people by traveling many miles each day to visit the sick and the poor, providing food, warm clothes, and medical supplies. She and her sister also founded a school for the deaf. Alexander was strongly influenced by the Oxford Movement and by John Keble's Christian Year. Her first book of poetry, Verses for Seasons, was a "Christian Year" for children. She wrote hymns based on the Apostles' Creed, baptism, the Lord's Supper, the Ten Commandments, and prayer, writing in simple language for children. Her more than four hundred hymn texts were published in Verses from the Holy Scripture (1846), Hymns for Little Children (1848), and Hymns Descriptive and Devotional ( 1858).

Bert Polman
Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hymns, Hymns Ancient & Modern, and other collections. Some of the narrative hymns are rather heavy, and not a few of the descriptive are dull, but a large number remain which have won their way to the hearts of the young, and found a home there. Such hymns as "In Nazareth in olden time," "All things bright and beautiful," "Once in Royal David's city," "There is a green hill far away," "Jesus calls us o'er the tumult," "The roseate hues of early dawn," and others that might be named, are deservedly popular and are in most extensive use. Mrs. Alexander has also written hymns of a more elaborate character; but it is as a writer for children that she has excelled.

- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Alexander, Cecil F., née Humphreys, p. 38, ii. Additional hymns to those already noted in this Dictionary are in common use:—
1. Christ has ascended up again. (1853.) Ascension.
2. His are the thousand sparkling rills. (1875.) Seven Words on the Cross (Fifth Word).
3. How good is the Almighty God. (1S48.) God, the Father.
4. In [a] the rich man's garden. (1853.) Easter Eve.
5. It was early in the morning. (1853.) Easter Day.
6. So be it, Lord; the prayers are prayed. (1848.) Trust in God.
7. Saw you never in the twilight? (1853.) Epiphany.
8. Still bright and blue doth Jordan flow. (1853.) Baptism of Our Lord.
9. The angels stand around Thy throne. (1848.) Submission to the Will of God.
10. The saints of God are holy men. (1848.) Communion of Saints.
11. There is one Way and only one. (1875.) SS. Philip and James.
12. Up in heaven, up in heaven. (1848.) Ascension.
13. We are little Christian children. (1848.) Holy Trinity.
14. We were washed in holy water. (1848.) Holy Baptism.
15. When of old the Jewish mothers. (1853.) Christ's Invitation to Children.
16. Within the Churchyard side by side. (1848.) Burial.
Of the above hymns those dated 1848 are from Mrs. Alexander's Hymns for Little Children; those dated 1853, from Narrative Hymns, and those dated 1875 from the 1875 edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern.
Several new hymns by Mrs. Alexander are included in the 1891 Draft Appendix to the Irish Church Hymnal.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)


Alexander, Cecil F. , p. 38, ii. Mrs. Alexander died at Londonderry, Oct. 12, 1895. A number of her later hymns are in her Poems, 1896, which were edited by Archbishop Alexander.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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Cecil Frances Alexander (April 1818 – 12 October 1895) was an Anglo-Irish hymnwriter and poet. Amongst other works, she wrote "All Things Bright and Beautiful", "There Is a Green Hill Far Away" and the Christmas carol "Once in Royal David's City".
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Hymns for Little Children: the life and legacy of Cecil Frances Alexander by Vincent A. Lenti (from "The Hymn")

Texts by Cecil Frances Alexander (134)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
لا تفعل الإثم ولا تنطق بقول غضبCecil F. Alexander (Author)Arabic1
പട്ടണ-വാതിലപ്പുറം (Paṭṭaṇa-vātilappuṟaṁ)Cecil F. Alexander (Author)Malayalam2
قد بدا في بيت لحمCecil F. Alexander (Author)Arabic1
يسوع نادى حينماCecil F. Alexander (Author)Arabic1
A cada flor que se abreCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Spanish2
A gentle and a holy childCecil F. Alexander (Author)English4
Adda napintas a turodCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Tagalog2
All creatures bright and beautifulCecil F. Alexander (Author)English2
All things beautiful and fairMrs. C. F. Alexander (Author)English2
Each little flower that opensCecil F. Alexander (Author)English273
At Nazareth in olden timeCecil Frances Alexander (Author)4
Auferstanden, auferstanden, Sagt es allenCecil Frances Alexander (Author)German2
Beyond the wicked [holy] city wallCecil F. Alexander (Author)English8
ഭംഗിയേറും സൃഷ്ടികൾ (Bhaṅgiyēṟuṁ sr̥ṣṭikaḷ)Cecil Frances Alexander (Author)Malayalam2
Blessed are the pure in heart, They have loved the better partMrs. Cecil F. Alexander (Author)English5
Blessed were they who, in the days of oldCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
Christ be with me, Christ within meCecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895) (Version by)English10
Christ is kind and gentleCecil F. Alexander (Author)English5
Christian children must be holyCecil F. Alexander (Author)English13
Come to our joyous marriage feastCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
Cristo chama nos tumultosCecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (Author)Portuguese2
Cristo llama del tumultoCecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895 (Author)Spanish3
Day by day the little daisyCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
Dear Lord, on this Thy servant's dayCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
Desde el cielo Cristo llamaCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Spanish5
Çdo lule t’but’ që hapetCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Albanian2
Do no sinful actionC. F. Alexander (Author)English57
Each day we live the Christian lifeCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
En Belén hubo un establoCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Spanish2
En el Calvario, con dolorCecil Alexander (Author)Spanish2
En la reĝa BetlehemoCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Esperanto2
EN lando malproksime forCecil Frances Alexander (Author)6
Es steht ein' Hügel weit von hierCecil F. Alexander (Author)German1
Every morning the red sunMrs. Cecil F. Alexander (1830-1895) (Author)English53
For all Thy saints, a noble throngCecil Francis Alexander, 1818-1895 (Author)English8
Forgive them, O my FatherCecil F. Alexander, 1823-1895 (Author)English26
Forsaken once, and thrice deniedCecil F. Alexander (Author)English9
From out the cloud of amber lightCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
He cometh, on your hallowed boardCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
He is coming, He is coming, Not as once He came beforeCecil F. Alexander (Author)English38
He is risen, He is risen; Tell it out with joyful voiceCecil F. Alexander (Author)English99
He pu'u omao aia ma oCecil F. Alexander (Author)Hawaiian3
Hea Iesu ia kakou laCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Hawaiian3
Here, Savior, we would comeCecil F. Alexander (Author)English1
His are the thousand sparkling rillsC. F. Alexander (Author)English21
Ho, Wicoḣaŋ ṡicaMrs. C. F. Alexander, 1823-95 (Author)Dakota2
How good is the Almighty GodCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
I bind myself to God todayCecil F. Alexander (1818-1895) (Alterer)5
I bind this day to me for everHo, Wicoḣaŋ ṡica (Translator and Paraphraser)2
I Bind unto myself todayCecil Frances Alexander (Paraphraser)English51
I think when I read that sweet story of old (Luke)Mrs. Jemima Thompson Luke (1813- ) (Author)English2
Ich kenne einen stillen OrtCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
If hasty hand or bitter tongueCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
In the rich man's garden groundCecil Frances Alexander (Author)3
It was early in the morning of the first day of the weekCecil F. Alexander (Author)English2
ജീവതത്തിൻ ആഴി മീതെ (Jīvatattin āḻi mīte)Cecil Frances Alexander (Author)Malayalam2
Jerusalem, why are thy voices dumb?Cecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
Jesus, Holy, undefiled, Listen to a little childCecil F. Alexander (Author)English2
Jesus calls us from the worshipCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
Jesus calls us, Jesus calls usCecil F. Alexander (Author)3
Jesus calls us, o'er the tumultCecil F. Alexander (Author)English826
Jesus came to earth from heaven, Who is GodCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
Jesus nehesevamaenėCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Cheyenne2
Las flores y los pájaros Dios sólo pudo hacerCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Spanish3
Las flores y los pájaros criaturas son de DiosCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Spanish3
每朶開放的小花 (Měi duǒ kāifàng de xiǎohuā)Cecil Frances Alexander (Author)Chinese4
Maranatha, He is coming, Not as once He came beforeCecil F. Alexander, 1858, abr. (Author)3
Najiŋ! najiŋ ce! Iye ḥcaCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Dakota2
Ni Jesus ayabannatayCecil F. Alexander (Author)Tagalog2
Numa estrebaria rudeCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Portuguese2
O come, dear child, along with meCecil Frances Alexander (Author)8
O, ever on our earthly pathCecil F. Alexander (Author)3
O for the pearly gates of heavenCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English8
O happy home where thou art loved the dearestMrs. Alexander (Translator)English9
O Jesus, bruised and wounded moreCecil F. Alexander (Author)English20
O Lord, the Holy InnocentsCecil F. Alexander (Author)English15
O monte verde ali estáCecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (Author)2
O Son of God, in glory crownedC. F. Alexander (Author)English10
On the dark hill's western sideCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
Once in Bethlehem of JudahCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English16
Once in royal David's city Stood a lowly cattle-shedMrs. Cecil Frances Alexander (1823- ) (Author)English324
Pain and toil are over nowCecil F. Alexander (Author)English8
രാജൻ ദാ-വീദൂരിൽ പണ്ടു (Rājan dā-vīdūril paṇṭu)Cecil Frances Alexander (Author)Malayalam2
Savior, blessed Savior, Listen while we singMrs. C. F. Alexander (Author)English2
Savior, to Thy cottage homeMrs. C. F. Alexander (Author)2
Saw ye never in the meadowsCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English4
Saw you never, in the twilightMrs. Cecil Frances Alexander (1823- ) (Author)English73
So be it, Lord, the prayers are prayedCecil Frances Alexander (Author)3
Souls in heathen darkness lyingMrs. Cecil F. Alexander (Author)English53
Spirit of God, that moved of oldCecil F. Alexander (Author)English21
Still bright and blue doth Jordan flowCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
The angels stand round thy throneCecil F. Alexander (Author)English5
The blind man, in his darknessCecil F. Alexander (Author)English6
The board is spread with meats divineCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
The eternal [golden] gates lift up their headsCecil F. Alexander (Author)English122
The faithful men of every landCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
The flower that in the lowly valeCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
The heavenly Father loves the birdsCecil F. Alexander (Author)3
The roseate hues of early dawnAlexander (Author)English101
The saints of God are holy menCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
The sick man in his chamberCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
The Son of God, so high, so greatCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English9
The sunset falls on Isaac's tentCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
The waving fields of yellow cornCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
The wildflowers in their beautyCecil Frances Alexander, 1818-95 (Author (vv. 2 alt., 5, and refrain))English2
The wise men to thy cradle throneCecil F. Alexander (Author)8
There are no little things on earthCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
There is a green hill far awayCecil F. Alexander (Author)English585
There is one way, and only oneCecil F. Alexander (Author)English9
There was a little lowly upper roomCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
There's many a happy household bandCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
Thou Power and Peace, in whom we findCecil Frances Alexander (Author)10
Through many a far and foreign landCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
Thy Temple is not made with handsCecil F. Alexander (Author)English9
Un monte hay más allá del marCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Spanish4
Una vez en un establoCecil Frances Alexander (Author (st. 1-2, 4-6))Spanish3
Unnipi taja s'a etanCecil Frances Alexander (Author)Dakota2
Up in heaven, up in heavenCecil F. Alexander (Author)English12
We are but little children weak (Alexander)Cecil F. Alexander (Author)English52
We are little Christian children, we can run, and talk, and playCecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (Author)English21
We may not know, we cannot tellCecil Frances Alexander (Author (attributed to))1
We need thee, Savior, when dear eyes are closingCecil F. Alexander (Author)3
We see the leaves fall withered from the treesCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
We seek a land of more delightCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
We walk amid a world of beauteous thingsCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English2
We were washed in holy waterCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
When Christ came down on earth of oldCecil F. Alexander (Author)English6
When Jesus came to earth of oldCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English6
When of old the Jewish mothersCecil F. Alexander (Author)English15
When wounded sore the stricken soulCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English77
Why do we say, Thy kingdom comeCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
Within the churchyard, side by sideCecil Frances Alexander (Author)English3
Within the temple's hallowed wallsCecil F. Alexander (Author)English5
遠山迢迢,其色青青,(Yuǎnshān tiáotiáo, qí sè qīngqīng,)Cecil F. H. Alexander (Author)Chinese2

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