Hymn Study: Blessed Assurance

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Hymn Study for Homeschoolers

Hymn Study for Homeschoolers is a new series being published weekdays from October 15-26. It’s a simple guide to hymn study that includes free printable notebooking and copywork pages for ten well-loved hymns.

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Blessed Assurance

Hymn History

Fanny J. Crosby

Fanny J. Crosby

Frances Jane Crosby, author of “Blessed Assurance,” was born on March 24, 1820, in Putnam County, New York. At the age of six weeks Fanny became blind due to improper medical treatment. In spite of her blindness, however, she wrote over eight thousand hymns and became one of the best known women in the United States at that time.

During one period of her life, Fanny Crosby wrote three new hymns each week for a music publisher. She used over two hundred pen names in her writing, and many of her original hymn texts are still being discovered.

Phoebe P. Knapp

Phoebe P. Knapp

Mrs. Phoebe Knapp, an amateur musician and wife of the founder of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, was a personal friend of Fanny Crosby. One day in 1873, Mrs. Knapp played a new tune for Fanny, asking what the tune said. Fanny Crosby immediately replied, “Why, that says: ‘Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine.’ ” She then wrote the words for this well-known hymn.

When Fan­ny died, her tomb­stone was engraved with these words: Aunt Fan­ny and Bless­ed as­sur­ance, Je­sus is mine. Oh, what a fore­taste of glo­ry di­vine.

Hymn Lyrics

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain

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

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Refrain

Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Refrain

You can also download sheet music for Blessed Assurance.

Listen to the Hymn

Choral version by Studio Musicians

Additional Activities

Notebooking/Copywork

You’re welcome to download this free set of  notebooking and copywork pages to use in your hymn study.

Blessed Assurance Printables

Blessed Assurance Printables

 Scripture Memorization

“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.” – Hebrews 10:22

Vocabulary Words

  • assurance
  • foretaste
  • heir
  • submission
  • descending

Sources: The Cyber Hymnal, 101 Hymn Stories: The Inspiring True Stories Behind 101 Favorite Hymns

Hymn Study for Homeschoolers is part of the Hopscotch, an event hosted by iHomeschool Network.

Hopscotch with iHN

Comments

  1. Angela Walls says:

    Thank you for sharing the Hymn study, so well done:)

  2. Hello my name is Aurora I was praying and asking the LORD to help me find a good curriculum for music. He put it on my heart to teach my children Hymns, and then I said ok LORD, now how do I get started? I truly believe that the Holy Spirit lead me to your site. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks for putting all this together.
    In CHRIST Alone,
    Aurora

  3. Oh what a wonderful resource! I just came across this today. I’m so glad that I found your site! This is one of my favorite hymns and am so thankful to read the history behind it.

  4. Rhonda Adams says:

    Just what I was looking for! Thank you so much for putting this together. So beautifully done.

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