Scripture Verse

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. Matthew 5:16

Introduction

Words: Ma­til­da B. B. Ed­wards, in Good Words, 1873, page 393. Al­so ap­peared in her Po­ems (Lon­don: Ke­gan Paul, Trench and Com­pa­ny, 1884), pag­es 54–55).

Music: Ca­pel Eng­lish tra­di­tion­al tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Matilda B. B. Edwards
1836–1919

Lyrics

God make my life a little light,
Within the world to glow;
A tiny flame that burneth bright,
Wherever I may go.

God make my life a little flower,
That giveth joy to all,
Content to bloom in native bower,
Although its place be small.

God make my life a little song
That comforteth the sad;
That helpeth others to be strong,
And makes the singer glad.

God make my life a little staff
Whereon the weak may rest,
That so what health and strength I have
May serve my neighbors best.

God make my life a little hymn
Of tenderness and praise;
Of faith—that never waxeth dim,
In all His wondrous ways.

A long­er ver­sion, with refrain and mu­sic by Robert Hark­ness (tune Bayonne: 🔊 pdf nwc, re­frain be­low) in Life Songs, ed­it­ed by Sam­u­el F. Coff­man & John D. Brunk (Scott­dale, Penn­syl­van­ia: Men­non­ite Pub­lish­ing House, 1916), num­ber 225.

Wherever I may go,
Wherever I may go,
God make my life a little light,
Wherever I may go.