The Story Behind Praise Him Praise Him
Frances Jane Crosby was born in Putnam County, New York, March 24, 1820. She was afflicted with blindness at the age of six weeks from maltreatment of her eyes during a time of illness. When she was eight years old she moved with her parents to Ridgefield, Connecticut, the family remaining there four years. At the age of fifteen, she enrolled the New York Institution for the Blind, where she obtained a great education. She became a teacher at the school in 1847 and resumed her work until March 1858. She taught English grammar, rhetoric and American history. She then started to write Sunday-school hymns for Wm. B. Bradbury in 1864.
She knew a great many portions of the Bible by heart, and had committed to memory the first four books of the Old Testament, and also the four Gospels before she was ten years of age.
Her range of topics was broad, including everything from a pondering of heaven, as in "The Bright Forever" and "The Blessed Homeland", to a consideration to the labor of this world, as in "To the Work" and "Rescue the Perishing."
Popular Hymn Lyrics with Story and Meaning
Day by Day and With Each Passing Moment
Jesus Loves Me
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Nearer My God to Thee
Abide with Me
His Eye is On the Sparrow
Be Thou My Vision
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty