Frances Ridley Havergal was a late Victorian religious poet, children's author, and hymn-writer. Her publications during her lifetime were sporadic, but a flood of her works reached print after her death. She composed more than seventy hymns, some of which are still loved and sung, and more than twenty books on various religious matters.
14 December 1836 FRH was born at Astley in Worcestershire, the youngest of a family in which she had three sisters and two brothers.
After January 1869 FRH's first collection of hymns and poetry, The Ministry of Song, appeared in print; she had been ten years in preparing it.