It’s a sad commentary that a woman admired by millions just a century ago is barely remembered today, even though hymns she wrote are still sung every Sunday from coast to coast.
Her name was Fanny Crosby, and she holds the record for having written more hymns than anyone else in history — almost 9,000. Among the best known are “Blessed Assurance” and “To God be the Glory.”
"Remarkable" is a term that describes many things about Fanny Crosby. Here are just a few:
She lived a long 95 years, from 1820 to 1915.
She was the first woman to address the United States Congress.
She personally met every U.S. president from John Quincy Adams to Woodrow Wilson (most while they were in office, the rest when they were ex-presidents). That’s about half of the men who held the office, and probably more than any other single American ever met.
She wrote more than 1,000 poems and had four books of poetry published, plus two best-selling autobiographies.
«People travel to wonder
at the height of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the seas,
at the long course of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and yet they pass by themselves