1 I’ll be a sunbeam, so brightly gleaming,
A lovely sunbeam from heaven streaming,
A holy radiance on others beaming,
A lamp of life to lighten all the way;
God’s beauteous love-light of hope and kindness,
To shed on others in sin and blindness.
O little child, O sunbeam bright,
God sent you here some path to light;
Some lonely heart to bless and cheer,
The loving Father sent you here;
Some life to lift, some heart to bless,
Like Christ, the Sun of righteousness;
To be a light so sweet and mild,
God sent you, little child.
2 I’ll be like Jesus, the light from heaven,
Light of the ages to mortals given,
Who left his glory, his home in heaven,
To shed abroad the radiance of his love;
My sweetest pleasure to tell the story,
Reflect his image, show forth his glory. [Refrain]
Born: March 31, 1874, Washington, DC.
Died: March 27, 1955, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Buried: International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
After attending college in Battle Creek, Michigan, Harris produced his first hymnal in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1902. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois at the invitation of Peter Bilhorn, and in 1932, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He composed and compiled a number of works, and was well known locally as he walked around with a canvas bag full of handbooks for sale. His works include:
Light and Life Songs, with William Olmstead & William Kirkpatrick (Chicago, Illinois: S. K. J. Chesbro, 1904)
Little Branches, with George J. Meyer & Howard E. Smith (Chicago, Illi… Go to person page >