Brighten the way with a smile

Representative Text

1 There are hearts that are drooping in sorrow today;
There are souls under shadow, the while.
O the comfort from God you can gently convey,
And brighten the way with a smile.

Chorus:
O brighten the way with a smile,
Yes, brighten the way with a smile;
Some one's drearest days you can gently beguile,
And brighten the way with a smile.

2 There are burdens most grievous and heavy to bear;
There are souls whom the sinful revile,
You can lovingly whisper God's promises rare,
And brighten the way with a smile. [Chorus]

3 When the soul is in darkness and weary with care
Comes the tempter alluring with guile.
You should shine in that life like the sunbeam so fair,
And brighten the way with a smile. [Chorus]

4 O the beautiful dawning of day is not far,
And the gloaming will linger a while.
Let us glow like the glittering, bright morning star,
And brighten the way with a smile. [Chorus]

Source: The Voice of Praise: a compilation of the very best sacred songs for use in Sunday Schools and praise services #106

Author: William C. Martin

Rv William Clark Martin USA 1864-1914. Born at Hightstown, NJ, he graduated from the Peddie Institute in Hightstown in 1884, and in 1891 from the Crozer Theological Seminary, Upland, PA. He became minister of the Grace Baptist Church, Camden, NJ,(1891-1894); Noank Baptist Church, Noank, CT (1894-1900); Tabernacle Baptist Church, New Albany, IN (1902-1904); First Baptist Church, Seymour, IN (1902-1904); First Baptist Church, Bluffton, IN (1904-1909); Grace Baptist Church, Somerville, MA (1909-1912); and First Baptist Church, Fort Myers, FL (1912-1914). In 1891 he married Euretta (Etta) May Wilcox, and they had at least three children (no names found). He penned many hymn lyrics. He died of heart failure at his farm in Rialto, FL.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There are hearts that are drooping in sorrow
Title: Brighten the way with a smile
Author: William C. Martin
Refrain First Line: O, brighten the way with a smile
Copyright: Public Domain

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