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If I Were a Sunbeam

If I were a sunbeam, I know what I would do

Author: Lucy Larcom; Author: Jerome McCauley
Published in 36 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 If I were a sunbeam, I know what I would do,
I’d seek the whitest lilies the sunny woodland thro’;
Stealing in among them, the softest light I’d shed,
Until each graceful lily would raise its drooping head.

Sunbeams, sunbeams, make us, Lord, today;
Sunbeams, sunbeams, chasing gloom away;
Sunbeams shining in each saddened heart,
O the heav’nly sunbeams make the dark depart.

2 If I were a sunbeam, I know where I would go,
Into the lowly hovels, all dark with want and woe;
Till sad hearts looked upward, I then would shine and shine,
Then they would think of heaven, their sweet, sweet home and mine. [Refrain]

3 Art thou not a sunbeam, O child whose life is glad,
Endowed with clearer radiance than sunshine ever had?
As the Lord has blessed thee, O scatter rays divine,
For there can be no sunshine so helpful now as thine. [Refrain]

Source: The King of Kings: a choice collection of gospel songs, standard hymns, choruses, children's songs, solos, duets, and quartets together with responsive readings for use in evangelistic meetings... #86

Author: Lucy Larcom

Larcom, Lucy, was born at Beverley Farm, Massachusetts, in 1826. Her Poems were published in 1864. Her hymn, "When for me the silent oar" [Death Anticipated), was published in 1868. She died in 1893. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Author: Jerome McCauley

(no biographical information available about Jerome McCauley.) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If I were a sunbeam, I know what I would do
Title: If I Were a Sunbeam
Author: Lucy Larcom
Author: Jerome McCauley
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sunbeams, sunbeams make us, Lord, today
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 36 of 36)
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Bethany Hymns #72

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Bradbury's Golden Shower of S.S. Melodies #40

Carmina Sacra #d76

Child Songs #d11

Coronation Hymns #146

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Favorite Solos #165

First Songs for Little Children #d19

Glory Songs #165

Heart and Voice #d120

Heart and Voice #d121

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Heart and Voice #180

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Hymns and Songs for Children's Worship, Together with Selections for Anniversary and Festive Occasions #53

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Hymns for the use of the Sabbath School of the Second Reformed Church, Albany N. Y. #41

Hymns of Progress #d90

Little Light No. 2 for Little Folks #d18

Ministry in Song #d77

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Primary Songs No. 2 #92a

Songs of the Century No. 2 #d71

Songs of Work and Worship #d55

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Sunday School and Revival #186

The Carol #d91

The Hosanna #d56

The Junior Star #d17

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The King of Kings #86

The King's Praise ... a General Purpose Song Book #d83

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The King's Praises #13

The Musical Fountain, Enlarged #d47

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The New Golden Shower #40

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The Revival No. 4 #195

The Sabbath Hour #d41

The Shining Strand #d22

The St. Alban Hymnal #d183

The Sunny Side #d55

The Temple of Song #d25

Universal Hymns #200

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Welcome Songs #80

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