Fanny Crosby

Fanny Crosby

Poetess
Date of Birth: 24.05.1820
Country: USA

Content:
  1. American poet, author of famous gospel hymns
  2. Early Life
  3. Education and Career
  4. Later Life
  5. Legacy

American poet, author of famous gospel hymns

Fanny Crosby, born in May 1820 to a poor family in dire poverty, became a girl who would soon be known throughout America and the whole world. She was always busy with her work. Working in missions and communities and composing church hymns defined her entire life. When asked about the secret of her long life on her birthday party at the age of ninety, Fanny Crosby laughed and simply replied, "I always guarded three things: my temperament, my taste, and my language."

Fanny Crosby

Early Life

In May 1820, Fanny Crosby was born into a poor family living in threatening poverty. After losing her husband at an early age, Fanny's mother worked from morning till night, with Fanny's grandmother taking care of the children. At the age of six, Fanny fell seriously ill, which resulted in a slight inflammation of her eyes. Due to the family's poverty or negligence, the poor girl quickly lost her sight and soon became completely blind. Despite being a cheerful and restless child, Fanny did not despair, continuing to play with the neighborhood children, climb trees, and try not to fall behind her peers. However, the illness took its toll, and soon the growing Fanny realized that somehow the Lord had chosen her, and it was she whom He was trying to convey something that people with normal vision could not see.

Fanny Crosby

Education and Career

At the age of 15, Fanny went to New York, where she enrolled in a special institute for the blind. In this educational institution, she spent 23 wonderful years of her life - first as a student and then as a teacher. On one of the examination days, a teacher, checking Fanny Crosby's work aloud, said, "She is a poetess. She should be encouraged. This young lady will make a name for herself!" Excited by what she heard, Fanny firmly believed that writing, particularly religious texts, was the reason why the Lord took her sight. She wrote a lot, and her patience and humility knew no bounds, but the real recognition of her talent was yet to come. The director of the institute where Fanny studied was a young man named Grover Cleveland. He helped Fanny by transcribing her texts, editing them, supporting her, and encouraging her. How surprised and happy she was when, many years later, Grover Cleveland became the President of the United States!

Fanny Crosby

Later Life

Years went by, and Fanny Crosby wrote a lot, participated in social events, made numerous friends, including writers, politicians, and priests. However, she had not yet truly believed in God. Her faith came to her much later, at the age of 31. It was then that Fanny's texts became particularly poignant, profound, and meaningful. At the age of 38, Fanny Crosby met a blind musician named Alexander Van Alstyne. They got married, and their family life lasted for 44 years until Alexander's death. The child born to Fanny Crosby and her husband did not live long - he died in infancy. In memory of him, Fanny wrote one of her most beautiful songs, "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." It is estimated that throughout her life, Fanny wrote over 8,500 hymns. Her songs and hymns became increasingly well-known.

Fanny Crosby

Legacy

While filling her days with public work, Fanny carefully reflected on the day that had passed and wrote her poems in the evenings. Even today, hundreds of her hymns and songs are sung, especially in America and England. Fanny Crosby passed away on February 11, 1915, at the age of 95, having lived a long and fruitful life, teaching herself and many others about humility, patience, and faith.

Fanny Crosby

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