Blind Gospel Song Writers Wrote Over 8,000 of Your Favorite Hymns
"Pass, me not O gentle Saviour,
Hear my humble cry.
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by..."
Time after time we sang hymns like "Pass, me not O gentle Savior" without giving thought to who wrote them. Well it is finally time during National Women's History Month to give credit where credit is due, which to the women who not only created this particular hymn but 8,000 others like it.
Fanny Crosby was born Frances Jane van Alstyne March 24, 1820. At just two months she lost her eyesight due to malpractice, but that didn't stop her from becoming the mission worker, poet, lyricist and composer. Fanny wrote using over 200 pen names. So many that her song count may be well over what we know as 8,000.
Her most popular songs are "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour", "Blessed Assurance", "Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home", "Praise Him, Praise Him", "Rescue the Perishing", and "To God Be the Glory".
Fanny's accomplishments, however, do not just stop at hymns. She also wrote over 1,000 poems, 4 poetry book and two best selling autobiographies.
When asked "If you could ask God for one thing, what would it be?" She responded,"Mother, if I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind ... for when I die; the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Saviour."
Click below to enjoy a playlist of 196 written by the legendary Fanny Crosby.