Scripture Verse

Let your light shine before men. Matthew 5:16


Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, 1884. Pub­lished in Songs of Re­deem­ing Love No. 2, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney, Charles C. Mc­Cabe, Tul­li­us C. O’Kane & Will­iam J. Kirk­patrick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1887).

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)

Fanny Cros­by says, “It was a cold, rai­ny day, and ev­ery­thing had gone wrong with me dur­ing the morn­ing. I real­ized that the fault was mine; but that did not help the mat­ter.

About noon the sky be­gan to clear; and a friend, stand­ing near me said, There is on­ly a beam of sun­shine, but oh, it is warm and bright; and on the im­pulse of the mo­ment I wrote the hymn.

Sankey, p. 334


Only a beam of sun­shine,
But oh, it was warm and bright;
The heart of a wea­ry tra­vel­er
Was cheered by its wel­come sight.
Only a beam of sun­shine;
That fell from the arch above:
And ten­der­ly, soft­ly whis­pered
A mes­sage of peace and love.


Only a word for Je­sus,
Only a whis­pered prayer,
Over some grief worn spir­it
May rest like a sun­beam fair!

Only a beam of sun­shine
That in­to a dwell­ing crept;
Where, ov­er a fad­ing rose­bud,
A mo­ther her vi­gil kept.
Only a beam of sun­shine
That smiled through her fall­ing tears,
And showed her the bow of pr­omise,
Forgotten per­haps for years.


Only a word for Je­sus,
Oh, speak it in His dear name,
To per­ish­ing souls around you
The mes­sage of love pro­claim.
Go, like the faith­ful sun­beam,
Your mis­sion of joy ful­fill;
Remember the Sav­ior’s pro­mise,
That He will be with you still.