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Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander
Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (Early April 1818[citation needed], Dublin - 12 October 1895), was a hymn-writer and poet. She was born in Dublin, the daughter of Major John Humphreys and Elizabeth (nÚe Reed). She began writing verse in her childhood. Her 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 hymnwriter and her compositions were soon included in Church of Ireland hymnbooks. Her book, Hymns for Little Children reached its 69th edition before the close of the nineteenth century. Some of her hymns, e.g. "All Things Bright and Beautiful", "There is a Green Hill Far Away" and the Christmas carol "Once in Royal David's City", are known by many millions of Christians the world over. In Strabane in October 1850 she married the Anglican clergyman William Alexander, afterwards Bishop of Derry and Archbishop of Armagh. Her husband also wrote several books of poetry, of which the most important is St. Augustine's Holiday and other Poems.

maker of heaven and earth
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and won... [read poem]
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