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Be a cheering light

As through life you journey

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [As thro' life you journey]
Published in 9 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 As thro’ life you journey,
Be a cheering light,
Like the sun at morning,
Beautiful and bright;
Shine in gloomy places,
As you pass them by,
Cheer the lives that sorrow,
Gladden those who sigh.

Daily, hourly, be a cheering light,
Glowing, gleaming, beautiful and bright;
Like a beacon burning in the night,
Glowing, gleaming, beautiful and bright.

2 Like a beacon burning
On a hill at night,
You may shed around you
Happiness and light;
Try to help the weary,
Thro’ the dreary days,
Try to guide the wayward,
From forbidden ways. [Refrain]

3 Steadily and brightly,
Shining day by day,
You will scatter blessings
All along the way;
Less of care and sorrow,
Many hearts will know,
If you gleam and glisten
Ev’rywhere you go. [Refrain]

Source: The King of Glory #195

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: As through life you journey
Title: Be a cheering light
Author: James Rowe
Refrain First Line: Daily, hourly, be a cheering light
Copyright: Public Domain



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