1 I would be a little sunbeam,
Shining brightly all the day,
With its light and joy and gladness,
Driving all the clouds away.
Shining ever bright and fair;
Shedding sunlight everywhere;
Shining every day for Jesus,
Like a sunbeam pure and fair;
Driving out the gloom and sadness,
Shedding sunlight everywhere.
2 I would be a little sunbeam,
And with happy smile or song,
Cheer the hearts of those around me—
Make them cheerful, brave and strong. [Refrain]
3 I would be a little sunbeam,
Help me, Jesus, so to shine;
May the light of Thy dear Spirit
Fill this little heart of mine. [Refrain]
Miriam E. Arnold was born in England, but moved with her parents at the age of five. They settled in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Her family was deeply religious. Her first poem was published in 1895 and she continued to write about 100 others, almost all of which have been set to music.
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 >