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 >
Thy Temple is not made with hands. Cecil F. Alexander. [Consecration of a Church.] This hymn is in Mrs. Alexander's Poems, 1896, p. 49, as a "Consecration Hymn." Its date has not been determined.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
Display Title: Thy Temple is not made with handsFirst Line: Thy Temple is not made with handsTune Title: GERMANYAuthor: C. F. AlexanderMeter: L. M.Date: 1898Subject: Consecration of Churches | ; Corner-stone and Consecration |
Display Title: Thy Temple is not made with handsFirst Line: Thy Temple is not made with handsTune Title: [Thy Temple is not made with hands]Author: Mrs. C. F. AlexanderMeter: L. M.Date: 1894Subject: Consecration of Churches |