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: Jen­nie Wil­son, in Song-Land Mes­sen­ger No. 2, ed­it­ed by An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter, John S. Hen­dricks et al. (Dall­as, Tex­as & Dal­ton, Geor­gia: Sho­wal­ter-Lin­coln & A. J. Sho­wal­ter, 1898), num­ber 271.

Music: Pa­los Ver­des G. E. Le­on­ard, 1898 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Le­on­ard’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Jennie B. Wilson (1856–1913)


Shine Thou thro’ my life, O Sav­ior,
With a pure and un­fail­ing light;
Let Thy right­eous­ness be re­flect­ed,
In a ra­di­ance clear and bright.


Let Thy glo­ri­ous light, O Sav­ior,
Thro’ my life in this dark world shine,
Leading souls from the ways of evil
To the path­ways of joy di­vine.

May the words that my lips shall ut­ter
Be such words as will ho­nor Thee;
With Thy spi­rit of lov­ing kind­ness,
May they e’er rich­ly la­den be.


May Thy light thro’ my dai­ly ac­tions
Bless some heart by its con­stant glow;
And some soul un­to Thee draw clos­er,
All Thy full­ness of grace to know.


Where the err­ing in dark­ness wan­der,
May the rays of Thy sav­ing love
Through my life bright­ly shine to guide them
To Thy king­dom of light above.