Jesus bids us shine with a pure clear light

Jesus bids us shine with a pure clear light. Susan Bogert Warner* (1819-1885). This children’s hymn, with its quaint last line of each verse, ‘You in your small corner, and I in mine’, was first published in The Little Corporal (Chicago, 1868). It rapidly became very popular, particularly when sung to the tune by Edwin O. Excell*. It is still found in hymnbooks on both sides of the Atlantic. In Britain it is also sung to a tune, LUMETTO (‘little light’), written for it by David Evans*. The hymn has attracted its critics, but it has been well defended by Ian Bradley (1989, 1990, pp. 206-7). He sees it as ‘a valid statement’ of the command to ‘Let your light so shine before men...’, and the...

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