Scripture Verse

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


Words: Ma­til­da B. Beth­am- 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).

Matilda Bethem-Edwards (1836–1919)


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.