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).

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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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Texts by Cecil Frances Alexander (106)sort descendingAsInstances
遠山迢迢,其色青青,(Yuǎnshān tiáotiáo, qí sè qīngqīng,)Cecil F. H. Alexander (Author)2
يسوع نادى حينماCecil F. Alexander (Author)1
لا تفعل الإثم ولا تنطق بقول غضبCecil F. Alexander (Author)1
قد بدا في بيت لحمCecil F. Alexander (Author)1
A gentle and a holy childCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
Adda napintas a turodCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
All creatures bright and beautifulCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
All things beautiful and fairCecil Frances Alexander, 1823-1895 (Author)1
All things bright and beautifulCecil F. Alexander, 1818-1895 (Author)14
All things so bright and beautifulCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
At Nazareth in olden timeCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
Auferstanden, auferstanden, Sagt es allenCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
Beyond the wicked city wallCecil F. Alexander (Author)9
Blessed are the pure in heart, They have loved the better partMrs. Cecil Frances Alexander, 1823-1895 (Author)3
Christ be with me, Christ within meCecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895) (Version by)8
Christ is kind and gentleC. F. Alexander (Author)5
Christian children must be holyCecil F. Alexander (Author)13
Cristo chama nos tumultosCecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (Author)2
Cristo llama del tumultoCecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895 (Author)2
Day by day the little daisyCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
Dear Lord, on this Thy servant's dayCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
Desde el cielo Cristo llamaCecil Frances Alexander, 1823-1895 (Author)2
Do no sinful actionCecil F. Alexander (Author)52
Each little flower that opensCecil F. Alexander (Author)227
En el Calvario, con dolorCecil Alexander (Author)2
En la reĝa BetlehemoCecil Frances Alexander (Author)1
EN lando malproksime forCecil Frances Alexander (Author)6
Every morning the red sunMrs. Ceil Frances Alexander (Author)44
For all Thy saints, a noble throngCecil Francis Alexander, 1818-1895 (Author)8
Forgive them, O my FatherCecil Frances Alexander (Author)24
Forsaken once, and thrice deniedCecil Frances Alexander (Author)7
From out the cloud of amber lightCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
He cometh, on your hallowed boardCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
He is coming, He is coming, Not as once He came beforeMrs. C. F. Alexander (Author)35
He is risen, He is risen; Tell it out with joyful voiceCecil Frances Alexander (Author)92
He pu'u omao aia ma oCecil Frances Alexander (Author)3
Hea Iesu ia kakou laCecil Frances Alexander (Author)3
Here, Savior, we would comeCecil F. Alexander (Author)1
His are the thousand sparkling rillsCecil Frances Alexander (Author)20
Ho, Wicoḣaŋ ṡicaCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
How good is the Almighty GodCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
I bind myself to God todayCecil F. Alexander (1818-1895) (Alterer)3
I bind this day to me for everCecil F. Alexander (Translator and Paraphraser)2
I Bind unto myself todayCecil Frances Alexander (Translator)44
Ich kenne einen stillen OrtCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
In the rich man's garden groundCecil F. Alexander (Author)3
It was early in the morningCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
Jesu, holy, undefiled (Alexander)Cecil F. Alexander (Author)3
Jesus calls us from the worshipCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
Jesus calls us, Jesus calls usCecil F. Alexander (Author)3
Jesus calls us, o'er the tumultCecil F. Alexander, 1818-1895 (Author)745
Jesus came to earth from heaven, Who is GodMrs. Alexander (Author)2
Maranatha, He is coming, Not as once He came beforeCecil F. Alexander, 1858, abr. (Author)3
Najiŋ! najiŋ ce! Iye ḥcaCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
Ni Jesus ayabannatayCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
Numa estrebaria rudeCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
O come, dear child, along with meCecil F. Alexander (Author)8
O, ever on our earthly pathCecil F. Alexander (Author)3
O happy home where thou art loved the dearestCecil F. Alexander, 1823-1895 (Translator)8
O Jesus, bruised and wounded moreCecil F. Alexander (Author)20
O Lord, the Holy InnocentsCecil Frances Alexander (Author)15
O monte verde ali estáCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
O Son of God, in glory crownedC. F. Alexander (Author)9
O for the pearly gates of heavenC. F. Alexander (Author)7
On the dark hill's western sideMrs. C. F. Alexander (Author)2
Once in Bethlehem of JudahCecil F. Alexander (Author)15
Once in royal David's city Stood a lowly cattle-shedCecil F. Alexander (Author)291
Pain and toil are over nowC. F. Alexander (Author)8
Savior, to Thy cottage homeMrs. C. F. Alexander (Author)2
Saw ye never in the meadowsAlexander (Author)5
Saw you never, in the twilightCecil F. Alexander (Author)70
So be it, Lord, the prayers are prayedCecil F. Alexander (Author)3
Souls in heathen darkness lyingCecil Frances Alexander, 1823-1895 (Author)47
Spirit of God, that moved of oldCecil Frances Alexander, 1823-1895 (Author)18
Still bright and blue doth Jordan flowCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
The angels stand round thy throneCecil F. Alexander (Author)5
The blind man, in his darknessCecil F. Alexander (Author)6
The board is spread with meats divineCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
The faithful men of every landCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
The eternal gates lift up their headsCecil F. Alexander (Author)115
The heavenly Father loves the birdsCecil F. Alexander (Author)3
The roseate hues of early dawnCecil Frances Alexander (Author)92
The saints of God are holy menCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
The sick man in his chamberCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
The Son of God, so high, so greatCecil F. Alexander (Author)9
The wildflowers in their beautyCecil Frances Alexander, 1818-95 (Author (vv. 2 alt., 5, and refrain))2
The wise men to thy cradle throneCecil F. Alexander (Author)7
There is a green hill far awayCecil F.rances Alexander (Author)535
There is one way, and only oneMrs. Alexander (Author)9
There was a little lowly upper roomCecil F. Alexander (Author)2
Thou Power and Peace, in whom we findCecil F. Alexander (Author)11
Thy Temple is not made with handsMrs. C. F. Alexander (Author)8
Unnipi taja s'a etanCecil Frances Alexander (Author)2
Up in heaven, up in heavenMrs. Cecil Frances Alexander, 1823- (Author)12
We are but little children weakC. F. Alexander (Author)45
We are little Christian childrenCecil F. Alexander (Author)20
We may not know, we cannot tellCecil Frances Alexander (Author (attributed to))1
We need thee, Savior, when dear eyes are closingCecil Frances Alexander (Author)3
We were washed in holy waterCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
When Christ came down on earth of oldCecil F. Alexander (Author)5
When Jesus came to earth of oldCecil F. Alexander (Author)5
When of old the Jewish mothersCecil F. Alexander (Author)15
When wounded sore the stricken soulCecil Frances Alexander (Author)71
Why do we say, Thy kingdom comeCecil F. Alexander (Author)4
Within the churchyard, side by sideCecil F. Alexander (Author)3
Within the temple's hallowed wallsCecil F. Alexander (Author)5

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