Fanny Crosby

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Frances Jane “Fanny” Crosby was born March 24, 1820, in Putnam County, New York.  Having lost her eyesight at the age of 6 weeks, Fanny grew up learning from her grandmother about nature, animals and the Bible. By 1835, when Fanny was 15, her mother had saved enough money to send her to the New York Institute for the Blind (now the New York Institute for Special Education.) While at the institute, her gift of poetry quickly garnered the attention of the outside world. Upon graduation, Fanny began teaching at the NYIB and did so until 1858.

She wrote her first hymn at age 45 and gained worldwide fame through the distribution of her hymns, poems, books and secular songs. Having penned over 8,000 hymns, and despite her renowned successes, Fanny described her vocation as a city mission worker. She devoted much of her life to the homeless shelters in New York City and had a long-term affiliation with the YMCA and The Bowery Mission, where she served more than two decades.

Fanny Crosby passed away on February 12, 1915, just six weeks shy of her 95th birthday. The legacy of Fanny Crosby lives today through her hymns including “Blessed Assurance,” “Tell Me the Story of Jesus,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour,” “Rescue the Perishing,” and “I Am Thine, O Lord” and many, many more.

Several of her unpublished writings were discovered in recent years. It is our honor, through the collaboration of today’s finest songwriters, to present to you Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns and Songs.