8 notable women in Christian history

Fanny Crosby

Fanny Crosby
Famed blind hymn writer Fanny Crosby, (1820-1915). |

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.

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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