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 Commandment… Go to person page >
Every morning the red sun. Cecil F. Alexander. [Heaven.] This hymn, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, is based on the article of the Apostles Creed, "And the life everlasting." It appeared in Mrs. Alexander's Hymns for Little Children, 1848, No. 20, and is repeated in later editions. It is found in several collections in G. Britain and America. In the American Church Praise Book, N. Y., 1882, it is altered to, "Every morn the glowing sun"; but the advantage of the change is questionable.