After attending the New York Institute for the Blind, the talented Fanny Crosby was added to the staff as an instructor. One day the superintendent found his secretary taking down verses while blind Fanny Crosby dictated. Both were warned not to waste the school’s time! However, the two thankfully kept up the practice and in later years President Grover Cleveland even set aside affairs of state to himself take down quotes of verses from his always welcomed guest at the White House.
Although deeply religious, Fanny Crosby wrote secular songs until she was forty-four years old. Here again, we owe a debt of gratitude to William Bradbury for it was he who in 1864 urged her to devote her talent to writing Chrisan worship songs. From that time forward, blind Fanny Crosby never wrote another secular song. Instead, she devoted the following half century of her time to creating religious hymn-poems, writing more than anyone else—almost nine thousand!
Remarkably, Fanny Crosby never regarded herself as being unfortunate! She even went so far as to say that even if God should offer her normal sight, she would decline it because when she reached heaven, the first face she wanted to see was that of “the blessed Savior”!