Frances Jane Crosby (March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915) usually known as Fanny Crosby, was an American lyricist best known for her Protestant Christian Hymns. A lifelong Methodist, she was one of the most prolific hymnists in history, writing over 8,000 despite being blind since infancy. Also known for her public speaking, during her lifetime Fanny Crosby was one of the best known women in the United States.
To this day, the vast majority of American hymnals contain her work. Some of her best known songs include “Blessed Assurance”, “Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home”, “Praise Him, Praise Him”, and “To God Be The Glory”. Because some publishers were hesitant to have so many hymns by one person in their hymnals, Crosby used nearly 100 different fictitious names during her career.
Crosby did not spend her life in bitterness and defeat, but instead dedicated her life to Christ. At the age of eight 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.”
She later remarked:
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 also once said, “when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior”
- A Few More Marchings Weary by Fanny Crosby
- All The Way My Savior Leads Me by Fanny Crosby (Hymn Story)
- At the Cross There’s Room! by Fanny Crosby
- Because He First Loved Me by Fanny Crosby
- Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross by Fanny Crosby (video)
- NEVER GIVE UP by Fanny Crosby
- Redeemed by Fanny Crosby (Hymnal Story)
- Take the World, But Give Me Jesus! by Fanny Crosby
- The Bright Forever by Fanny Crosby
- Thou Mighty To Save by Fanny Crosby
- To God Be The Glory by Fanny Crosby