Frances Jane Crosby is better known as Fanny Crosby, affectionately known as Aunt Fanny, and after being married, was known as Mrs. Van Alystyne.
At only six weeks old, an incapable doctor in New York blinded her. Even from a young age, Fanny believed her blindness was a gift from God.
She was acquainted with the God of the Bible from a young age—she would memorize whole books of the Bible!
Fanny always remembers knowing and loving Jesus, but says that later in her adult life she truly grasped what he did for her personally in his death and resurrection. It was knowing Jesus Christ that filled Fanny’s life with light and joy, and inspired her songs.
She loved writing poetry and hymns, and composing music. Her lyrics are still sung by modern artists today, and her hymns are some of the most famous Christian hymns in the world.
Some of her more popular hymns are, “To God Be the Glory,” “Praise Him, Praise Him,” “Draw me Close,” and “Blessed Assurance.”
Not only was Fanny a poet, writer, and composer, but she was also a Baptist deaconess, and missionary. After living a rich life, she passed away at the age of 94.