Hello, my name is Fanny Crosby. Actually, I was born with the name Frances, but everyone calls me Fanny. I was born in 1820 and at two months of age I got sick and received a poor treatment that left me blind. But that never stopped me! I loved to listen to my grandmother read the Bible and I started memorizing whole books very early in my life.

When I was eight years old, I wrote my first poem that showed that being blind gave me other ways to enjoy the world around me:

Oh, what a happy soul I am,
Although I cannot see,
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.

How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don’t
To weep and sigh because I’m blind
I cannot nor I won’t.

As I grew up playing with my friends and then going to school in New York City, I wrote poems that were published and helped me earn a living. Many of my poems were put to music and sung as hymns. Maybe you know some of the hymns I wrote and are singing them at your church. Some of the best-known are Blessed Assurance, To God Be the Glory, All the Way My Savior Leads Me, Rescue the Perishing, Jesus Keep me Near the Cross and Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior. All told, I wrote over 8,000 hymns!

My life was an adventure when I was young and I enjoyed learning so much about God’s wondrous world, spending time with my family and becoming the young lady that God wanted me to be. I hope that you will enjoy being exactly who God made you to be and finding His path for your life!

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