The Lyrics And Music Of The Beloved Hymn

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Biographical Information The lyrics and music of the beloved hymn “Blessed Assurance” have been popular with most protestant denominations since it was first published in July of 1873. Phoebe P. Knapp composed the music and Fanny J. Crosby penned the lyrics. The lyrics Crosby wrote are based upon Hebrews 10:22, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water" (King James Version). Knapp and Crosby combined their extensive talents in creating this hymn, which carries the message of the certainty of salvation as they understood and experienced it. It is due to the over all message of this hymn that it has been included in nearly every…show more content…
Worrall had experienced a religious conversion during the Wesleyan Revival in England before immigrating to the United States. It was Knapp’s mother who is credited with promoting John Wesley’s doctrine of Christian perfection. Here we can begin to sense the influences experienced by Knapp during her formative years. Knapp married one of the founders of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and its second president Joseph Fairchild Knapp. The couple enjoyed a life of comfort and were members of the Old John Street Methodist Episcopal Church, the congregation is the oldest Methodist congregation in North America, founded on October 12, 1766 as the Wesleyan Society in America. Fanny Crosby was also a member of that church and a friend of Knapp’s parents. Knapp was an accomplished organist and composer. Due to her husband’s prominence he was able to have installed a pipe organ in their apartment for his wife to compose on. In her lifetime, Knapp wrote over 500 hymn tunes. She died on July 10, 1908 in Poland, Maine. Lyrist Information Frances Jane "Fanny" Crosby was born on March 24, 1820, and had her humble beginnings in the village of Brewster, New York. She was the only child of John and Mercy Crosby. She was one of the most prolific hymnists in history, writing over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs, with over 100 million copies printed, despite being blind from shortly after birth. Blind since nearly birth, Crosby was raised by her mother
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