Scripture Verse

Let your light shine before men. Matthew 5:16


Fanny Crosby

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

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.