Hymn History: Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior
Though Fanny could write complex poetry as well as improvise music of classical structure, her hymns were aimed at bringing the message of the Gospel to people who would not listen to preaching. Whenever she wrote a hymn, she prayed God would use it to lead many souls to Him.
The hymn "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior" written in 1868 became one of the most popular hymns used during the Moody-Sankey services in London. The hymn is based on a prayer that Miss Crosby heard someone pray at a service, "Savior, do not pass me by."
The tune Pass Me Not was written also in 1868, and was written by Crosby's friend, William H. Doane. He was involved as a Sunday School teacher and a business man as well as an editor and composer
1. Pass me not, O gentle Saviour, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.
Refrain: Saviour, Saviour, hear my humble cry, While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.
2.Let me at Thy throne of mercy Find a sweet relief; Kneeling there in deep contrition, Help my unbelief.
3.Trusting only in thy merit, Would I seek Thy face; Heal my wounded, broken spirit, Save me by Thy grace.
4.Thou the spring of all my comfort, More than life for me; Whom have I on earth beside Thee? Whom in heaven but Thee?