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(Early April 1818 – 12 October 1895 / Dublin)

Cecil Frances Alexander
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Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander, was a hymn-writer and poet.

Alexander was born in Dublin, the third child and second daughter of Major John Humphreys (of Norfolk, land-agent to 4th Earl of Wicklow and later to the second Marquess of Abercorn), and Elizabeth (née Reed). She began writing verse in her childhood, being strongly influenced by Dr Walter Hook, Dean of Chichester. Her subsequent religious work was strongly influenced by her contacts with the Oxford Movement and in particular with John Keble, who edited one of her anthologies. By the 1840s she was already known as a hymn writer and her compositions were soon included in ... more »

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  • ''The rich man in his castle,
    The poor man at his gate,
    God made them, high or lowly,
    And order'd their estate.''
    Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), Irish poet, hymn writer. All Things Bright and Beautiful, Hymns for Little Children (1848).
  • ''He gave us eyes to see them,
    And lips that we might tell,
    How great is God Almighty,
    Who has made all things well.''
    Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), Irish poet. All Things Bright and Beautiful (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie a...
  • ''All things bright and beautiful,
    All creatures great and small,
    All things wise and wonderful,
    The Lord God made them all.''
    Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), Irish poet. All Things Bright and Beautiful (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and...
  • ''God hath his mysteries of grace,
    Ways that we cannot tell,
    He hides them deep, like the secret sleep
    Of him he loved so well.''
    Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), Irish poet. The Burial of Moses (l. 77-80). . . Best Loved Religious Poems, The. James Gilchrist Lawson, comp...
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