Author – Fanny J.Crosby, 1820 – 1915
Composer – Phoebe P. Knapp, 1839- 1908
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.
Fanny Crosby, the blind American poetess, has often been called the queen of gospel song writers. Although she did not begin writing gospel songs until she was forty-four years of age, from her radiant heart and prolific pen flowed more than 8,000 gospel hymns before her home-going at the age of ninety-five. Her hymns have been and are still being sung more frequently than those of any other gospel hymn writer.
At times, musician friends would first compose the music and then ask Fanny Crosby for the words. Such was the case for the hymn, “Blessed Assurance.” The music for the hymn 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. One day Mrs. Knapp played this melody for her and asked, “What does this tune say?” Fanny responded immediately, “Why, that says: ‘Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine.’”