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Blessed Assurance

The Story of the Hymn

Fanny Crosby wrote over 8000 hymns.  She was born in New York and blinded at 6 weeks old due to improper medical treatment. She said about her blindness, "The first face ever to gladden my sight will be when I get to heaven and behold the face of the One who died for me. . . .  I verily believe that God intended that I should live my days in physical darkness so that I might be better prepared to sing His praise and lead others from spiritual darkness into eternal light.  With sight I would have been too distracted to have written thousands of hymns."
When she was still a child she decided that her blindness should not make her unhappy or prevent her from being useful in the world; she never allowed those around her to pity her because she was blind. She wrote: "Darkness may throw a shadow over my outer vision, but there is no cloud that can keep the sunlight of hope from a trustful soul. One of the earliest resolves that I formed in my young and joyous heart was to leave all care to yesterday, and to believe that the morrow would bring its own peculiar joy."
At age 15 she enrolled in the New York City School for the Blind and later taught there for 11 years.  She married a blind musician at age 35, wrote her first hymn at age 41 and then using 200 pen names wrote numerous hymns at times writing 3 or more a week.  She lived to age 95.
Among the hymns she wrote are:
Blessed Assurance
All The Way My Savior Leads Me
Draw Me Nearer
Give Me Jesus
He Hideth My Soul
Near The Cross
Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior
Praise Him Praise Him
Rescue The Perishing
Save In The Arms Of Jesus
Tell Me The Story
To God Be The Glory

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