This little light of mine

This little light of mine. African American spiritual*, perhaps by Harry Dixon Loes (1892/95- 1965). This has many characteristics of an African American spiritual, and is sometimes designated as such in hymnals. Other authorities assign it to Loes, a composer from Kalamazoo, Michigan, who studied and then taught at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He wrote ‘Friends all around us are trying to find’, with the refrain ‘All that I want is in Jesus’, and he may have written this hymn. Another possibility is that Loes heard the spiritual and wrote or popularized the tune. It is claimed by the African American community as a spiritual...

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