Dichter : Crosby, Frances Jane (1820-1915)


Frances Jane Crosby (March 24, 1820 - February 12, 1915) usually known as Fanny Crosby, was one of the most prolific hymnists in history. She wrote over 8,000 hymns despite being blind from shortly after birth. 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". Since some publishers were hesitant to have so many hymns by one person in their hymnals, Crosby used nearly 100 different pseudonyms during her career.

Her blindness was caused when she was six weeks old by an incompetent doctor who was trying to treat an eye infection. However, Crosby was never bitter about her disability. About her blindness, she 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 also once said, "when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior!"

Crosby was very well-known during her time and often met with presidents, generals and other dignitaries (she was asked to play at President Grant's Funeral). In addition to writing songs she also taught English and history at the New York Institution for the Blind (now the New York Institute for Special Education), where she had previously been a student.

When she died, her tombstone carried the words, "Aunt Fanny" and "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine." Eliza Hewitt memorialized Fanny?s passing in a poem:

Away to the country of sunshine and song,
Our songbird has taken her flight,
And she who has sung in the darkness so long
Now sings in the beautiful light.

Crosby is buried in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Lieder im Gesangbuch:
372 Brüder, auf zu dem Werk
298 Erlöst bin ich, selig in Jesu Play MP3
126 Gehe nicht vorbei, o Heiland
370 Herr, mein Heiland und mein Hirte
293 O in den Armen Jesu Play MP3
296 Seliges Wissen
Bekannte Lieder nicht im Gesangbuch
I am Thine, O Lord
Though your sins be as scarlet
Hide Thou Me
Behold Me Standing at the Door
Yes, there is pardon for you / O, komm doch zu JesuS
All the way my Savior leads me
Conquering now and still to conquer
Jesus is tenderly calling you home
Only a beam of sunshine
Rescue the perishing
Hide Thou me / Hide Thou me
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