8 notable women in Christian history

Fanny Crosby

Famed blind hymn writer Fanny Crosby, (1820-1915).
Famed blind hymn writer Fanny Crosby, (1820-1915). | Photo: Public Domain

Frances Jane Crosby, born in 1820 and more commonly known as Fanny Crosby, lost her sight as a child because of an infection and subsequent poor medical treatments.

However, Crosby did not let this disability stop her from being a very prolific hymn writer, having authored a reported 8,000 songs, generally set to popular tunes of the time.

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Crosby was the mind behind many hymns that are still in use, including "Blessed Assurance," "To God be the Glory," "Near the Cross," and "Pass me not, O Gentle Savior."

In addition to being a hymnist, she was also an author of poetry, with her first published work, titled "A Blind Girl and Other Poems," being released in 1844.

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