The Music of a Little Blind Girl

The Music of a Little Blind Girl

Her parents loved her dearly, she was such a bright baby. They were sure that they would be very proud of her, she was such a darling. She wiggled her little toes and tiny fingers and said, "Goo, goo," like all good babies do.

But as she began to grow older and to walk about, her eyes grew weak and tired until at last they could not see at all. Fanny Jane, for that was her name, could not see her father or her mother, her nurse, her teacher or playmates. She could not see her dog nor her pretty dresses nor her new shoes. She walked around as if it were always night. Her father and mother were very sad. They could not know that this little girl would make beautiful songs to sing and that her songs would be sung by boys and girls and men and women the world over.

In spite of being blind so young, Fanny Jane could never stand having people pity her. God helped her make up her mind that she would be a happy girl. When she was only eight years old she wrote,

"To weep and sigh because I am blind
I cannot, and I won't.
Oh, what a happy soul am I
Although I cannot see!"

Fanny Jane decided that if she could not see with her eyes, she could perhaps see things through her mind. She trained her keen mind to commit to memory many beautiful words in the Bible.

Then she learned to write poetry, even as a child. She wrote some hymns for the children of her Sunday school to sing.

She grew into a lovely young girl, and when she became a woman, everyone loved Fanny Jane Crosby, the famous blind writer of beautiful hymns.

Perhaps you have sung her hymns in our Sunday church school, and I am sure your parents have often sung many of her sweet songs. She wrote hundreds, even thousands, of poems that have been set to lovely music.

She showed her great love for Christ in one of her hymns:

"Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart ev'ry word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.
Tell how the angels, in chorus,
Sang as they welcomed His birth,
'Glory to God in the highest!
Peace and good tidings to earth.'

Another hymn which many people love is the one she wrote which begins:

"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.
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."

Perhaps you have sung, too, one of her best known hymns called, "Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!" You will remember the chorus:

"This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long."

Yes, Fanny Jane Crosby was a happy, happy soul, because she loved God, even though she was blind. She saw many reasons to be thankful and to be always singing praise to God. One of her songs beautifully vibrates with her praise to God. Let us sing it this morning.

"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!"

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