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Frances Jane Crosby, known best as Fanny Crosby, was born March 24, 1820, in a one-story cottage in the town of Southeast, Putnam County, New York. Six weeks had barely passed by for little Fanny until it was found that because of a wrong treatment given to her eyes, she would spend a life in which she would never see the faces of friends, the flowers of the field, the birds of the air, the blue of the seas and the sparkling beauty of the stars. In this trying hour, both Fanny’s mother and grandmother saw that, to them, this was their opportunity to bestow greater care and love by filling Fanny’s mind with mental pictures of the beautiful, the true and the good.

Fanny’s grandmother was a woman of great piety, and day after day she took Fanny on her knee and gave her many useful lessons in life from the Bible and literature. A favorite spot to do this was grandma’s old rocking chair, at which Fanny learned so many of the beautiful stories of the Bible, after which they would kneel together at the old chair and repeat simple petitions of prayer. These times of instruction and enjoyment made such a deep and lasting impression upon Fanny that she remembered them all through her long life.

Early she took to composing poetry, and though her first poems had much to do with great scripture characters, it was not until her conversion experience in 1850 that the real gift that God would use in such a mighty way became evident – that of composing the scriptural word settings for the then “new” Gospel song.

From that time on she daily went to the Holy Bible and fed her soul, beautified her mental vision, deepened her love, giving herself that grip on God, man, freedom and immortality which was to be the support of her life down through her 95 years.

With these thoughts graven on her heart, it has so aptly been written – “She went to the altar-fires of the poet and returning with her harp of gold, she sang her songs into the souls of the wounded and healed the bruised, found the outcasts and sang them home, heard the cry of the penitent and opened mercy’s gate, listened to the Savior’s voice on Calvary’s rugged cross and wrote the words of her famous hymn, ‘I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice.’ (Draw Me Nearer)”

Fanny’s coronation was in the year 1915, when the Lord she loved and served so faithfully called her home to see Him and to be welcomed by a host whose lives had been touched and changed through her dedicated life and talent.

On her grave at Hartford is a small marker bearing the simple inscription, “Fanny Crosby – She did what she could.”

Alfred B. Smith

1972

Song List & Lyrics

Click each song title below for lyrics

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My Savior First of All

When my life’s work is ended and I cross the swelling tide,
When the bright and glorious morning I shall see,
I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side,
And His smile will be the first to welcome me.

CHORUS:
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
And redeemed by His side I shall stand;
I shall know Him, I shall know Him
By the print of the nails in His hand.

O the soul thrilling rapture when I view His blessed face
And the luster of His kindly beaming eye;
How my full heart will praise Him for the mercy, love and grace
That prepare for me a mansion in the sky.

CHORUS

Thru the gates to the city, in a robe of spotless white,
He will lead me where no tears will ever fall;
In the glad song of ages I shall mingle with delight –
But I long to meet my Savior first of all.

CHORUS

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         (Fanny Crosby/John Sweney)

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Draw Me Nearer

I am thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.

CHORUS:
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

(Conrad on cornet)

Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God,
I commune as friend with friend!

There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.

CHORUS

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         (Fanny Crosby/William Doane)

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Meet Me There

On the happy, golden shore
Where the faithful part no more,
When the storms of life are o’er,
Meet me there;
Where the night dissolves away
Into pure and perfect day,
I am going home to stay –
Meet me there.

CHORUS:
Meet me there, meet me there,
Where the tree of life is blooming,
Meet me there;
When the storms of life are o’er,
On that happy, golden shore,
Where the faithful part no more,
Meet me there.

Here our fondest hopes are vain,
Darkest links are rent in twain,
But in heav’n no throb of pain –
Meet me there;
By the river sparkling bright
In the city of delight,
Where our faith is lost in sight,
Meet me there.

CHORUS

Where the harps of angels ring
And the blest forever sing,
In the palace of the King,
Meet me there;
Where in sweet communion blend
Heart with heart and friend with friend,
In a world that ne’er shall end,
Meet me there.

CHORUS

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         (Fanny Crosby “Henrietta Blaire, pen name”/William Kirkpatrick)

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Near the Cross

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain
Free to all – a healing stream,
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.

CHORUS:
In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadows o’er me.

CHORUS

Near the cross I’ll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting, ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.

CHORUS

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         (Fanny Crosby/William Doane)

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Blessed Assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

CHORUS:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song:
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

CHORUS

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

CHORUS

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         (Fanny Crosby/Knapp)

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Take the World, But Give Me Jesus

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever,
Thro’ eternal years the same.

CHORUS:
O, the height and depth of mercy!
O the length and breadth of love!
O the fullness of redemption,
Pledge of endless life above!

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
Sweetest comfort of my soul;
With my Savior watching o’er me,
I can sing though billows roll.

CHORUS

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
In His cross my trust shall be;
Till with clearer, brighter vision,
Face to face my Lord I see.

CHORUS

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         (Fanny Crosby/John Sweney)

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He Hideth My Soul

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
A wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.

CHORUS:
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord –
He taketh my burden away;
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.

CHORUS

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         (Fanny Crosby/William Kirkpatrick)

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Will Jesus Find Us Watching?

When Jesus comes to reward His servants,
Whether it be noon or night,
Faithful to Him will He find us watching,
With our lamps all trimmed and bright?

CHORUS:
O, can we say we are ready, brother?
Ready for the soul’s bright home?
Say, will He find you and me still watching,
Waiting, waiting when the Lord shall come?

If, at the dawn of the early morning,
He shall call us one by one,
When to the Lord we restore our talents,
Will He answer thee – “Well done”?

Blessed are those whom the Lord finds watching,
In His glory they shall share;
If He shall come at the dawn or midnight,
Will He find us watching there?

CHORUS

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         (Fanny Crosby/William Doane)

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Saved by Grace

Someday the silver cord will break,
And I no more as now shall sing;
But, O the joy, when I shall wake
Within the palace of the King!

CHORUS:
And I shall see Him face to face,
And tell the story – Saved by grace;
And I shall see Him face to face,
And tell the story – Saved by grace.

Someday my earthly house will fall,
I cannot tell how soon ’twill be,
But this I know – my All in All
Has now a place in Heav’n for me.

CHORUS

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         (Fanny Crosby/Stebbins)

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Praise Medley: To God Be the Glory,
Praise Him! Praise Him!, Be Thou Exalted

To God be the glory, great things He hath done’
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life and atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thro’ Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He has done.

Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O earth – His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory,
Strength and honor give to His holy name!
Like a shepherd Jesus will guard His children –
In His arms He carries them all day long.

Praise Him! praise Him! tell of His excellent greatness!
Praise Him! praise Him! ever in joyful song!

Be Thou exalted, forever and ever
God of eternity, the Ancient of Days!
Wondrous in Majesty, so mighty in wisdom,
Perfect in holiness and worthy of praise.

Be Thou exalted by seraphs and angels,
Be Thou exalted with harp and with song;
Saints in their anthems of rapture adore Thee,
Thine be the glory forever. Amen.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thro’ Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He has done.

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         (Fanny Crosby/William Doane, Fanny Crosby/Chester Allen, Fanny Crosby/Alfred B. Smith)

Credits

RECORDED AT: Pinebrook Recording Studio, Alexandria, Indiana
RECORDED BY: Christopher Banninger
PRODUCED BY: John Darnall
ARRANGED BY: Donna Krieger
ENGINEERED BY:
Christopher Banninger
ART DIRECTION: Kurt Burgess

Instruments

PIANO: Donna Krieger
BASS: Randy Moore
GUITAR: John Darnall

Looking Back

Fanny Crosby, the beloved blind hymn writer, didn’t write music.  She wrote poems – thousands of them.  And I’m glad that so many of them were set to music by her friends. Conrad and I have always enjoyed singing these special messages that people never tire of hearing or singing.