2012 Relit: 4 FEMALE HYMN WRITERS

Only one of these four women (Fanny Crosby) married. They all lived through the Civil War. They had connections with U. S. presidents and war-related venues. All four of them died within a six-year period (1915-1921). God used these four women to write hymns that have endured.

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Photo: public domain.

Photo: public domain.

FANNY CROSBY  (1820-1915)

Best known for writing “Blessed Assurance.”

Unique historical connection: She met a number of  U. S. presidents, but was close friends with Grover Cleveland.

Beginning of Fanny Crosby post: “Frances Jane Crosby was only a few weeks old when a man posing as a doctor treated her for an eye infection, making her blind. Later, in her 50’s, someone described Fanny as ‘A blind lady whose eyes can see splendidly into the sunshine of God’s Love.’ ”

Read the entire Fanny Crosby post: Fanny Crosby.

Photo in public domain.

Photo in public domain.

ELIZA HEWITT  (1851-1920)

Best known for writing “When We All Get to Heaven.”

Unique historical connection: During the Civil War, her family lived within 150 miles of the action at Gettysburg.

Beginning of Eliza Hewitt post: “Eliza Hewitt was one of a handful of Christian women who, regardless of and because of physical suffering, wrote lyrics to some of our outstanding hymns.”

Read the entire Eliza Hewitt post: Eliza Hewitt.

Photo: public domain.

Photo: public domain.

ANNA B. WARNER  (1820-1915)

Best known for writing “Jesus Loves Me.”

Unique historical connection: She’s buried in the West Point cemetery.

Beginning of Anna B. Warner post: “One of the 20th Century’s leading theologians was asked to sum up in a few words what he’d learned from 30-plus years of writing books to explain Christianity. He answered ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’ He was of course quoting the hymn, ‘Jesus Loves Me’ written by Anna B. Warner.”

Read the entire Anna B. Warner post: Anna B. Warner.

Photo: public domain.

Photo: public domain.

JESSIE POUNDS  (1861-1921)

Best known for writing “The Way of the Cross Leads Home.”

Unique historical connection: Fellow Ohioan, President William McKinley, requested Jessie’s hymn “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” be sung at his funeral.

Beginning of Jessie Pounds post: “Jessie Brown Pounds, like Anna B. Warner, wrote novels as well as the poetry that became hymns. As early as age fifteen she wrote articles for religious periodicals. Her output later included lyrics for cantatas and operettas.”

Read the entire Jesse Pounds post: Jessie Pounds.

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About William E. Richardson

I'm married to a wonderful woman named Deb. We're the parents of a son and daughter who bring great joy to our lives. I currently pastor the Assembly of God church in Afton, Iowa.
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