“I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not…I will make darkness light before them.” Isaiah 42:16

Born: March 24, 1820, Put­nam Coun­ty, New York.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 12, 1915, Bridge­port, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Buried: Bridge­port, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Fanny Cros­by was prob­ab­ly the most pro­lif­ic hymn­ist in his­to­ry. Though blind­ed by an in­com­pe­tent doc­tor at six weeks of age, she wrote over 8,000 hymns. 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.

In 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.

When Fan­ny 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 which was read at her fun­er­al:

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;
The harp-strings here broken are sweetly restrung
To ring in a chorus sublime;
The hymns that on earth she so trustfully sung
Keep tune with eternity’s chime!

What heart can conceive of the rapture she knows
Awakened to glories so bright,
Where radiant splendor unceasingly glows,
Where cometh no shadows of night!
Her ‘life-work is ended,’ and over the tide,
Redeemed’ in His presence to stand,
She knows her Redeemer, for her crucified,
By the print of the nails in His hand.’

 ‘Blessed Assurance’—the lamp in her soul
That made earthly midnight as naught!
A ‘New Song’ of joy shall unceasingly roll
To Him who her ransom had bought.
To ‘Rescue the Perishing,’ her greatest delight,
What bliss, in the Homeland, to meet
With those she has told of the Lord’s saving might,
Together, to bow at His feet.

Good-bye, dearest Fanny, goodbye for a while,
You walk in the shadows no more;
Around you, the sunbeams of glory will smile;
The Lamb is the Light of that Shore!
Someday we will meet in the City above;
Together, we’ll look on His face;
Safe, ‘Safe in the Arms’ of the Jesus we love;
Together we’ll sing, ‘Saved by Grace!

Pseudonyms (see )



  1. Able to Deliver
  2. Adopted
  3. After the Mist and Shadow
  4. All Glory Be Thine
  5. All the Way My Savior Leads Me
  6. All Will Be Well
  7. Angel’s Proclamation, The
  8. Anthems to God Above
  9. As the Bird Flies Home
  10. At the Breaking of the Day
  11. At the Cross There’s Room
  12. Awake! Awake!
  13. Awake! Awake! O Heart of Mine!
  14. Awake! For the Trumpet Is Sounding!
  15. Awake, O Zion’s Daughter
  16. Away! Away!
  17. Balm in Secret Prayer
  18. Be Thou Exalted
  19. Beautiful Eden Bells
  20. Beautiful Land, The
  21. Beautiful Sabbath
  22. Beautiful Sunshine
  23. Beautiful Vale of Rest
  24. Beautiful Waters of Eden
  25. Beautiful Witness
  26. Behold, He Cometh
  27. Behold Me Standing at the Door
  28. Behold, the Dawn!
  29. Behold the Wondrous Love
  30. Believe and Obey
  31. Bless This Hour of Prayer
  32. Bless Us Children Now
  33. Blessed Are They That Believe
  34. Blessed Assurance
  35. Blessed Bible
  36. Blessed Cross of Jesus
  37. Blessed Feast, The
  38. Blessed Homeland
  39. Blessèd News
  40. Blessed Redeemer
  41. Blest, Blest Forever
  42. Blind Bartimeus
  43. Blood Washed Throng, The
  44. Bountiful Harvest
  45. Break Forth, O Joyful Heart
  46. Bright Forever, The
  47. Bring in the Children
  48. Building Day by Day
  49. By and By
  50. By the Grace of God We’ll Meet
  51. Calling for You
  52. Children May Be Heralds
  53. Children Sing
  54. Choose Ye Today
  55. Christ Is Risen!
  56. Christ the Lord Is King
  57. Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today
  58. Christian Brother, o’er the Main
  59. Christian Flag, The
  60. Church of Christ, O Sleep No More
  61. City of Gold
  62. Close Thy Heart No More
  63. Close to Thee
  64. Come Again
  65. Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace
  66. Come Close to the Savior
  67. Come, Come Away!
  68. Come, Great Deliverer, Come!
  69. Come in, O Blessèd One
  70. Come, Lord, and Let Thy Pow’r
  71. Come, Oh Come, with Thy Broken Heart
  72. Come to the Fountain
  73. Come unto Me, Ye Weary
  74. Come with Happy Faces
  75. Come with Rejoicing
  76. Coming Home to Thee
  77. Coming Today
  78. Conquering Now and Still to Conquer
  79. Cross of My Redeemer, The
  80. Cry from Macedonia, A
  81. Dark Is the Night
  82. Day-Star Hath Risen, The
  83. Dear Jesus, Canst Thou Help Me?
  84. Dear Sabbath Home
  85. Descend, O Flame
  86. Do All the Good You Can
  87. Don’t Forget the Sabbath
  88. Draw Me to Thee
  89. Entreat Me Not to Leave Thee
  90. Eternity
  91. Everlasting Hills, The
  92. Everlasting Song, The
  93. Eye Hath Not Seen
  94. Fairer Than the Morn­ing
  95. Faith in Jesus
  96. Falter Not
  97. Father, Lead Thy Little Children
  98. Few More March­ings Weary, A
  99. From the Cross to the Crown
  100. Gather the Grain
  101. Gather Them In
  102. Gathering Out of Tears
  103. Give, Said the Little Stream
  104. Glad Tidings
  105. Gladly We Will Go
  106. Glory Ever Be to Jesus
  107. Glory to God, Hallelujah
  108. Glory to God in the Highest
  109. Go and Work!
  110. Go Forth
  111. Go Work in the Vineyard
  112. God Bless Our School Today
  113. God of Our Strength, Enthroned Above
  114. God So Loved the World
  115. God Will Take Care of You
  116. God’s Ho­ly Church Shall Tri­umph
  117. God’s Promise
  118. Good Old Way, The
  119. Good-night Till We Meet in the Morn­ing
  120. Great Jehovah, Mighty Lord
  121. Great Is the Love of Jesus
  122. Greatness of His Mer­cy, The
  123. Guiding Hand, The
  124. Hand in Hand
  125. Handful of Leaves, A
  126. Happy Little Pilgrims
  127. Hark! He Is Calling
  128. Hark! There Comes a Whisper
  129. Have Compassion, Lord, on Me!
  130. He Feedeth His Flock
  131. He Has Promised
  132. He Hideth My Soul
  133. He Is All in All to Me
  134. He Is Coming
  135. Healing at the Fountain
  136. Hear and Answer Pray­er
  137. Hear, and Live!
  138. Hear My Call
  139. Hear Us, O Savior!
  140. Heavenly Father, We Beseech Thee
  141. Help Me, O Lord
  142. Help Us to Labor On
  143. Here from the World We Turn
  144. Hide Me
  145. Hide Thou Me
  146. His Love Passeth Knowledge
  147. His Words Are True
  148. Hold Fast
  149. Hold Thou My Hand
  150. Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord
  151. Holy Sabbath
  152. Hope Set Before You, The
  153. Hour by Hour
  154. Hour of Prayer, The
  155. How Can We Forget Him?
  156. How Lovely on the Mountain
  157. How Oft in Ho­ly Converse
  158. How Oft We Are There
  159. How Sweet the Hour
  160. I Am So Glad That Jesus Came
  161. I Am Thine, O Lord
  162. I Have a Friend
  163. I Have Entered Beulah Land
  164. I Live but in Thee
  165. I Will Not Be Long!
  166. I Will Praise Him
  167. If Any Man Hear
  168. If I Come to Jesus
  169. I’ll Bear It, Lord, for Thee
  170. In a Lowly Manger Sleeping
  171. In Bethany
  172. In the Book Which Thou Art Keeping
  173. In the Twinkling of an Eye
  174. In Thy Holy Keeping
  175. Is There Some­thing I Can Do?
  176. Is It There?
  177. Jesus, Hear Me
  178. Jesus, Help Me
  179. Jesus Is Passing This Way
  180. Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home
  181. Jesus, My All
  182. Jesus, My Only Hope
  183. Jesus, Savior, We Implore Thee
  184. Jesus Was a Child Like Me
  185. Jesus Will Welcome Me There
  186. Joy and Light
  187. Joyful Song, The
  188. Joyfully Sing
  189. Just a Word for Jesus
  190. Keep in the Line
  191. Keep Me Ever Close To Thee
  192. Keep Me Thine
  193. Keep Me Wholly Thine
  194. Keep on Watching
  195. Keep Thou Me
  196. Keep Thou My Way
  197. King of Zion
  198. Laurels, Fresh Laurels
  199. Lay It Down
  200. Lead Us On
  201. Let Me Lean on Thee
  202. Let the Light Stream In
  203. Let Your Light Shine Out
  204. Let Us Away
  205. Let Us Sing Again
  206. Let Us Walk in the Light
  207. Lift Up Thine Eyes, O Watchman
  208. Lights of Home, The
  209. Like a Wayward Child I Wandered
  210. Like as a Father
  211. Like Dews of the Morning
  212. Like the Sound of Many Waters
  213. Lion of Judah, The
  214. Little Children, Come Away
  215. Little Friends of Jesus
  216. Living for Jesus
  217. Lo! the Golden Fields Are Smiling
  218. Look Up! Ye Weary Ones
  219. Lord, Abide with Me
  220. Lord, Here I Am
  221. Lord in Zion Reigneth, The
  222. Lord Is King!, The
  223. Make Haste!
  224. Master’s Call, The
  225. Meet in the Morning
  226. Meet Me There
  227. Message Sweet Is Borne to Me, A
  228. Mighty Rock, Whose Towering Form
  229. More Like Jesus Would I Be
  230. Morning Draweth Nigh, The
  231. Morning Land, The
  232. Music of the Angels
  233. My Heart’s Dear Home
  234. My Rest
  235. My Savior First of All
  236. My Song Shall Be of Jesus
  237. Near the Cross
  238. Nearer the Cross
  239. Never Be Afraid
  240. Never Give Up
  241. Never Lose the Golden Rule
  242. Never Say Goodbye
  243. Never Shone a Light So Fair!
  244. Never Will I Cease to Love Him
  245. No Cross for Me?
  246. No King but Christ
  247. No Sorrow There
  248. No Tears in Heaven
  249. No Voice But Thine
  250. O Be Saved
  251. O Beautiful Sea
  252. O Blessèd Be the Lord
  253. O Blessèd Bi­ble
  254. O Child of God
  255. O Church of God, Arise!
  256. O Eden, Dear Eden
  257. O Fly to Him
  258. O My Savior, Hear Me
  259. O Precious Word
  260. O Songs of the Beautiful
  261. O Spirit, Come
  262. O to Abide in Jesus
  263. O’er Land and Sea
  264. Oh, How Sweet When We Mingle
  265. Oh, Sing of My Redeemer!
  266. Oh, to Be Nearer
  267. Oh, What Are You Going to Do?
  268. Oh, Wonderful Word!
  269. Old Old, Way, The
  270. On Joyful Wings
  271. On Let Us Go
  272. On the Banks Beyond the River
  273. Only a Beam of Sunshine
  274. Only a Little Way
  275. Only a Step
  276. Only Jesus Feels and Knows
  277. Only Thy Garment’s Hem
  278. Only Trust the Savior’s Promise
  279. Onward, Soldiers
  280. Onward, Upward
  281. Onward Will We Go
  282. Onward, Ye Pilgrims
  283. Open Mine Eyes
  284. Open the Gates of the Temple
  285. Opening Hymn
  286. Our Country
  287. Our Festive Song
  288. Our Sunday School
  289. Out in the Sunshine
  290. Out of Bondage
  291. Over the Beautiful River
  292. Palace of the King, The
  293. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
  294. Patriot’s Pray­er, The
  295. Peace to My Soul
  296. Pilgrim’s Journey, The
  297. Praise Him, Praise Him
  298. Praise Our Creator
  299. Praise, Praise His Name
  300. Praise the Giver of All
  301. Praise the Lord and Wor­ship Him
  302. Praise the Rock of Our Salva­tion
  303. Praise Ye the Lord
  304. Precious Blessings
  305. Precious Moments
  306. Precious Words
  307. Press On!
  308. Press On, Press On, Ye Workers
  309. Pure Within
  310. Rainbow Round the Throne, The
  311. Redeemed, and with the Price of Blood
  312. Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!
  313. Redeeming Grace
  314. Rescue the Perishing
  315. Rest at Home
  316. Rest If You Will
  317. Rest over Jordan
  318. Revive Thy Work, O Lord!
  319. Rock in the Desert
  320. Room at the Cross
  321. Room for the Penitent
  322. Sacred Fountain
  323. Safe in the Arms of Jesus
  324. Save Me at the Cross
  325. Saved by Grace
  326. Saved by the Blood
  327. Savior, More Than Life
  328. Savior with Me, The
  329. Search Me, O Lord
  330. Secret Prayer
  331. Send the Gospel Light
  332. Shadow of the Rock, The
  333. Shall I Be Saved Tonight?
  334. Shepherd’s Fold on High, The
  335. Shout and Sing
  336. Shout in the Camp, A
  337. Shouting His Praise
  338. Showers of Blessing
  339. Simple, Earnest Pray­er, The
  340. Sing Always
  341. Sing, My Soul!
  342. Sing Once More of Jesus
  343. Sing Praise to Jesus
  344. Sing unto God
  345. Sing with a Tuneful Spirit
  346. Singing, Light and Free
  347. So Near to the Kingdom
  348. Some Sweet Day, By and By
  349. Soul Cheering Promise, The
  350. Sound the Alarm!
  351. Speed Away
  352. Speed for Thy Life
  353. Stand by the Right
  354. Stand Like the Brave
  355. Steadily Marching On
  356. Sunday School Volunteer Song
  357. Sweet Assurance
  358. Sweet Story of Jesus
  359. Take the World, but Give Me Jesus
  360. Tell It Out with Gladness
  361. Tell Me the Story of Jesus
  362. Tenderly He Leads Us
  363. Tenderly Pleading
  364. Thanks for the Bi­ble
  365. There Will I Follow Thee
  366. There’s a Chorus Ever Ringing
  367. They That Be Wise
  368. They That Overcome
  369. They’ll Soon Be O’er
  370. This I Know!
  371. This Is Our Endeavor
  372. This My Plea
  373. Thou Mighty to Save
  374. Thou Wilt Remember Me
  375. Though Kindred Ties Around Us
  376. Though Your Sins Be as Scar­let
  377. Through the Val­ley of the Sha­dow
  378. Thy Hand Up­hold­eth Me
  379. Thy Ho­ly Spir­it, Lord, Alone
  380. Thy Word Is a Lamp
  381. Till the Boat Comes By
  382. ’Tis Not Far to Je­sus
  383. ’Tis Sum­mer in My Heart
  384. ’Tis the Blessèd Hour of Pray­er
  385. To God Be the Glory
  386. To Jesus I Will Go
  387. To the Work
  388. To Victory
  389. Too Late
  390. Tread Softly
  391. Tree of Life, The
  392. Tried and True
  393. Trifle Not
  394. Trust in the Promise
  395. Trusting in Thee
  396. Trusting Jesus
  397. ’Twill All Be Right at Last
  398. Unsearchable Riches
  399. Up and Onward
  400. Valley of Rest
  401. Wait on the Lord
  402. Waiting for the Promise
  403. Waiting for Thy Coming
  404. Wake Every Tuneful String
  405. Walking in the Good Old Way
  406. Watch and Pray
  407. Water of Life, The
  408. We All Can Do Good
  409. We All Can Do Something for Jesus
  410. We Are Coming Home Tonight
  411. We Are Going. We Are Going
  412. We Are Nearing
  413. We Praise Thee
  414. We Walk by Faith
  415. We Will Follow Thee
  416. Welcome for Me
  417. Welcome Hour of Prayer
  418. We’ll Battle to the End
  419. We’ll Follow On
  420. We’ll Give Our Hearts to Jesus
  421. What a Friend Thou Art to Me!
  422. What a Gathering
  423. What Can I Ask Beside?
  424. What Will It Matter?
  425. When Christ Arose
  426. When Each Others Face We See
  427. When the Burden Bearer Came
  428. When the Dewy Light Was Fading
  429. When the King Shall Come!
  430. Where Is Thy Refuge?
  431. Where the Savior Leads
  432. Whoever Will
  433. Why Do the Ho­ly Angels Sing?
  434. Why Will Ye Wander?
  435. Whom Have I in Heaven?
  436. Will Jesus Find Us Watching?
  437. Will the Angels Come?
  438. Will You Come?
  439. Work for Us All
  440. Year of Precious Blessings, A
  441. Yes, There Is Pardon for You
  442. Yielded to God