Facets of Faith: Trove of unknown Fanny Crosby hymns found _lowres

Provided photo -- Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby is a compilation of songs Crosby that were found recently. Crosby was a prolific, popular hymn writer responsible for thousands of hymns. Thousands more were discovered in an archives recently.

Ask people to list their favorite hymns, and pieces written by Fanny Crosby are sure to be listed.

Among her thousands of hymns are “Blessed Assurance,” “To God Be the Glory,” “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” and “Rescue the Perishing.”

Depending on the source, Crosby is credited with as many as 9,000 hymns. She wrote as many as six or seven hymns a day, some complex and classical in nature, but most written to use as evangelism.

The Cyber Hymnal has a list of many of the pseudonyms she used to cover the fact that so many songs in the hymnals were hers.

Blinded as a baby, Crosby would become a famous woman, friends to presidents and Christian leaders.

Though Crosby died in 1915, her words live on in hymnals and in “new” music.

In 2000, entrepreneur Stephen Kelley, who collects antique hymnals, learned of a forgotten cache of Crosby’s work. Crosby’s publisher had given Wheaton College more than 2,700 unpublished and unfinished compositions after her death.

“They wheeled out 20 library carts containing the manuscripts … some lyrics were on scraps of paper and the backs of envelopes, letterhead, legal paper, all with Fanny’s initials,” Kelley said. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw them.”

Kelley had the songs digitized so that they wouldn’t again languish in the archives.

Integrity Music reached out to some of today’s top Christian musicians and asked them to work with the compositions.

The result is the recently released album “Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby.”

Fourteen of the songs, along with the title track, were given life by artists such as Matt Redman, Darlene Zschech, Ricky Skaggs, Israel Houghton, Meredith Andrews, Michael W. Smith and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Rather than the traditional Crosby sound, the music is presented in various styles, including modern praise and worship, blues, bluegrass and more.

Lyrics

The first song on the CD is “We Are Waiting” from All Sons and Daughters. Here are the lyrics:

We are waiting, we are trusting

We are longing for your blessings, Lord

And our faith is firmly anchored

On your never-changing Word

Spirit fall down, fill our souls now

Lord, we gather in your name

Your power

All your promises we claim

Together bind us with grace

The body of Christ

All for your presence we wait

We are waiting we are trusting

We are longing, Lord descend

Let a flame of love be kindled

While before your throne we bend

We are waiting, we are trusting

We are longing, Lord revive

Death is fading, hope is rising

In your Spirit we’re alive

The original “Blessed Assurance” is presented with an updated sound.

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.

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.

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.

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