06 July 2014

Sunday Morning Praise

Blessed Assurance

Blessed Assurance was written by Fanny Crosby, who, despite being blind is estimated to have written "more than 8,000 gospel song texts in her lifetime."
The music for [Blessed Assurance] was composed by Mrs. Joseph Knapp, an amateur musician, wife of the founder of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and a close personal friend of Fanny Crosby. One day Mrs. Knapp played this melody for the blind poetess and asked, "What does this tune say?" Fanny responded immediately, "Why, that says: 'Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine.'" (Kenneth Osbeck, 101 Hymn Stories, [Kregel Publications: 1982], 43).


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