1 Brighten up the shady spots all along the way;
Where the sunshine gleams around clouds will never stay;
If there’s joy within your heart let some other know;
Leave a little bit of love everywhere you go.
Bright up the shady spots,
Drive the clouds away;
Into some despairing life
Send a cheering ray.
2 Short will prove the tiresome road if the sky is blue;
Shadows soon will take their flight if your life rings true;
Sing a song of hope and cheer though the showers fall;
God is in His heaven still, watching over all. [Refrain]
3 Brighten up the shady spots lying close at hand;
Make the world a better place, just as He has planned;
With a kindly word or deed send a shining ray;
Leave tomorrow to itself—brighten up today. [Refrain]
Lizzie De Armond was a prolific writer of children's hymns, recitations and exercises. When she was twelve years old her first poem was published in the Germantown, Pa. Telegraph, however, it was not until she was a widow with eight children to support that she started writing in earnest. She wrote articles, librettos, nature stories and other works, as well as hymns.
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 >