“If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it” were her words but her hymns has lasted centuries in the Church! She became permanently blind when she was six weeks old, lost her father six months old, given birth to by parents who were both cousins, yet was one of the most prolific hymnists in history, writing more than 8,000 hymns and gospel songs with more than 100 million copies printed. It was recorded that Her gospel songs were “paradigmatic of all revival music”
Spirit lifting hymns like “Blessed Assurance”, ” Jesus keep me near the cross”,Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour”, “To God be the Glory” and many more were inspired by her. Considering the insight and depths of the hymns as to have lasted for generations, I agreed that this must have been someone with the impression of the Divine God on Her.
She noted on her disability: “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.”
Crosby was recorded as “the most prolific of all nineteenth-century American sacred song writers. Her capacity for work was incredible and she could often compose six or seven hymns a day. She described her hymn-writing process: ‘It may seem a little old-fashioned, always to begin one’s work with prayer, but I never undertake a hymn without first asking the good Lord to be my inspiration”. No wonder her success in Life.
At age eight, Crosby wrote her first poem which described her condition. She memorized five chapters of the Bible each week from age 10, by age 15, she had memorized the four gospels, the Pentateuch, the Book of Proverbs, the Song of Solomon, and many of the Psalms.
She happened to be the first woman to speak in the United States Senate when she read a poem there.
In April 1846, Crosby spoke before a joint session of the United States Congress, with delegations from the Boston and Philadelphia Institutions for the Blind “to advocate support for the education of the blind in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York”.
Despite her Divine ability in music, She noted that her chief occupation was working in missions.
If only we could have another Fanny Crosby in our generation, our generation would not be one of Dancers.
Fanny Crosby: March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915