Blessed Assurance Hymn Study

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This Blessed Assurance Hymn Study includes everything you need to study the hymn in one easy download.

Music pages folded to make a heart; text overlay that says "Blessed Assurance"

Hymn study is a simple way to pass the heritage of hymns on to our children. Use this unit study to help your family learn more about the hymn “Blessed Assurance.”

Blessed Assurance Hymn History

Frances Jane Crosby, author of “Blessed Assurance,” was born on March 24, 1820, in Southeast, New York. When she was only six weeks old, an unqualified doctor treated her eye infection improperly, and she became blind.

Less than a year later, Fanny’s father died, and her mother began working as a maid to earn a living. Fanny’s grandmother lived with them and took care of the little girl.

Fanny was a happy girl in spite of her blindness. She showed a talent for poetry from an early age, and wrote her first poem when she was just eight years old:

Oh what a happy soul am I!
Although I cannot see,
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.

How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don’t;
To weep and sigh because I’m blind
I cannot and I won’t.

Realizing that Fanny would be unable to read the Bible, her godly grandmother encouraged her to memorize it. By her early teens, Fanny could quote the Pentateuch, the Gospels, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and many of the Psalms from memory.

As a young teenager, Fanny Crosby left home to attend the New York Institute for the Blind. There she met her future husband, a blind musician named Alexander Van Alstyne. At his insistence, she kept her widely-known maiden name after their marriage.

Surprisingly, Fanny was not truly converted until she was thirty-one years old. One night during a revival meeting, she was singing the words, “Here, Lord, I give myself away,” and right then she consecrated her heart to the Lord.

In spite of her blindness, Fanny Crosby wrote over 8,000 hymns and became one of the best known women in the United States at that time. She used over 200 pen names in her writing, and many of her hymn texts are still being discovered.

Mrs. Phoebe Knapp, an amateur musician, was a personal friend of Fanny Crosby. One day in 1873, Mrs. Knapp played a new tune for her, asking what the tune said.

Fanny immediately replied, “Why, that says, ‘Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.’ ” She then wrote the words for this well-known hymn.

Music pages folded to make a heart; text overlay that says "Blessed Assurance"

Blessed Assurance 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.

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

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

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.

Hymn Copywork, Notebooking Pages, and More

Copywork pages, notebooking pages, and other printables are now available in one easy download! The Blessed Assurance Hymn Study includes everything you need to study the hymn:

  • hymn history
  • lyrics
  • sheet music
  • links to listen to the hymn
  • review questions to gauge comprehension
  • vocabulary words taken from the hymn
  • copywork and notebooking pages
  • related Scripture to memorize

Spiral bound book with music pages on cover and title "Blessed Assurance"

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8 Comments

  1. Angela Walls says:

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

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Angela. If you haven’t already, you can find the entire series here. 🙂

  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

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this, Aurora! I hope you’ll find these hymn studies useful.

  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.

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      I’m so glad you are enjoying this, Martha!I enjoy hymn history, and Fanny Crosby is one of my favorite authors. 🙂

  4. Rhonda Adams says:

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

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      I’m so glad you can use this, Rhonda! Just in case you didn’t find them, there are 9 more hymn studies available so far.