Christian Biography – Fanny Crosby – Composer of over 8,000 of our hymns

Frances Jane Crosby

Fanny Crosby

1820-1915

Composer of over 8,000 hymns, including „Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!  O what a foretaste of glory divine!”
(From Hymn, Blessed Assurance)

Frances Jane Crosby (March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915) usually known as Fanny Crosby, was one of the most prolific hymnists in history, writing over 8,000 despite being blind from shortly after birth.  During her lifetime, Fanny Crosby was one of the best known women in the United States. She was blind from the age of 6 weeks.

click to read book - Memories of 80 years by Fanny Crosby

Crosby was never bitter about her disability. At the age of nine she wrote these verses about her condition:

Oh what a happy soul I am,
Although I cannot see;
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy,
That other people don’t;
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,
I cannot, and I won’t.”
Fanny once said, „It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation.  If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it.  I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me.”She composed her poems and hymns mentally and then dictated them to someone else.  She was said to work on as many as twelve hymns at once before dictating them all out.Crosby wrote her first hymn, “There’s a Cry from Macedonia,” in 1863.  Over the years she wrote for many great great composers including William B.Bradbuy, Philip Phillips, Hubert P. Main, Dr. Lowry, Dr. W. H. Doane, Ira D. Sankey, Philip P. Bliss, Mr. W. F. Sherwin, and Phoebe Knapp. Before her death, she had written at least 8,000 hymns.

Biographical Documentary on Fanny Crosby

Fanny Crosby Quotes
Oh, what a happy child I am, although I cannot see! I am resolved that in this world, contented I will be!

Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.

 This is my story, this is my Song/Praising my Savior, all the day long.

 Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?

  A Few Familiar Hymns by Fanny Crosby

Click on the hymn for lyrics and to hear the hymn played

  1. To God be the glory
  2. Tell me the story of Jesus
  3. Pass me not o gentle Savior
  4. There shall be showers of blessings
  5. What a gathering
  6. Some sweet day, by and by
  7. This is my plea
  8. Safe in the arms of Jesus
  9. Saved by Grace

CLick here to listen to over 400 hymns written by Fanny Crosby  courtesy of  cyberhymnal.org 

The Life of Fanny Crosby (Movie)

Here is one of Fanny’s most famous compositions sung by the Christian artist Third Day:

Blessed Assurance  Lyrics by Fanny Crosby Sung by Third Day

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