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Born: January 18, 1793, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England.
Died: April 19, 1870, Leamington, Warwickshire, England.
Buried: Astley, Worcestershire, England. The epitaph on his white marble tomb reads:
|The Rev. William Henry Havergal, M.S., Vicar of Shareshill and Hon. Canon of Worcester Cathedral.|
Died at Leamington, 19th April 1870, aged 77.
Curate 7, and Rector 13 years, of this parish, 1822 to 1843.
“A faithful minister in the Lord” (Eph. Vi. 21).
Memorial tablets to him were placed in Worcester Cathedral, St. Nicholas and Shareshill churches.
Havergal was educated at St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1815, and his master’s in 1819. He held three rectorships: Astley, Worcestershire (1829); St. Nicholas, Worcester (1842); and Shareshill, near Wolverhamptom (1860). Hymnist Frances Havergal was his daughter.
- Blessed Jesus, Lord and Brother
- Brighter Than Meridian Splendor
- Christians, Awake to Joy and Praise
- Come, Shepherds, Come, ’Tis Just a Year
- Forever and Forever, Lord
- Hallelujah, Lord, Our Voices
- Heralds of the Lord of Glory
- Hosanna, Raise the Pealing Hymn
- How Vast the Field of Souls
- In Doubt and Dread Dismay
- Jerusalem the Golden, the Home of Saints Shall Be
- My Times Are in Thy Hand
- No Dawn of Holy Light
- Our Faithful God Hath Sent Us
- Shout, O Earth! from Silence Waking
- So Happy All the Day
- Soon the Trumpet of Salvation
- To Praise Our Shepherd’s Care
- Widely Midst the Slumbering Nations