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Selected Poetry of Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
        (Maker of Heaven and Earth, 1-4)
  1. Maker of Heaven and Earth (All Things Bright and Beautiful)


Notes on Life and Works

Cecil Frances Humphreys was born in Miltown House, county Tyrone, Ireland, and married the Right Reverend W. Alexander, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, in 1850. She wrote nearly 400 hymns, among which her work for children established her reputation as a poet. See Selected Poems of William Alexander, Archbishop of Armagh, 1896-1911, and Cecil Frances Alexander, edited A. P. Graves (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1930; PR 4004 A12A6 1930 Robarts Library).

Biographical information

Given name: Cecil Frances
Family name: Alexander
Maiden name: Humphreys
Birth date: 1818
Death date: 12 October 1895
Nationality: Irish
Family relations
          father: John Humphreys
          husband: William Alexander (from 15 October 1850)
Language: English
Religion: Christian
Literary movement: Oxford movement
Literary period: Victorian
Residences
          Milltown, Ireland
          Wicklow, Ireland: 1818
          Tyrone, Ireland: 1850 to 1855
          Derry and Raphoe, Ireland: 1867 to 1895
Buried at: Londonderry City Cemetery
First RPO edition: 1998