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
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Susan B. Warner (1819-1885)

Susan B. Warner, in the children’s magazine The Little Corporal (Chicago, Illinois: 1868). Created at the end of the American civil war, this magazine used a military metaphor, encouraging children to fight against wrong, and for the good, the true, and the beautiful.

Edwin O. Excell (🔊 pdf nwc).

Sunday schools wanting to use this song with more modern wording might try a first line of Jesus says to shine…

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Edwin O. Excell (1851-1921)

Jesus bids us shine with a pure, clear light,
Like a little candle burning in the night.
In this world of darkness so let us shine—
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, first of all for Him;
Well He sees and knows it, if our light grows dim.
He looks down from Heaven to see us shine—
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, then, for all around;
Many kinds of darkness in the world are found—
Sin and want and sorrow; so we must shine—
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, as we work for Him,
Bringing those that wander from the paths of sin;
He will ever help us, if we shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.