THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE

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THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE
“This Little Light of Mine” is a gospel children’s song written by Harry Dixon Loes in
about 1920. Loes, who studied at the Moody Bible Institute and the American
Conservatory of Music, was a musical composer, and teacher, who wrote, and co-wrote,
several other gospel songs. The song has since entered the folk tradition, first being
collected by John Lomax in 1939. Often thought of as a Negro spiritual, it does not,
however, appear in any collection of jubilee or plantation songs from the nineteenth
century. It is usually published with a set of hand movements to be used for the
instruction of children. Under the influence of Zilphia Horton, Fannie Lou Hamer and
others it eventually became a Civil Rights anthem in the 1950s and 1960s.
Chorus:
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
Every day, every day, every day, every way,
Gonna let my little light shine.
Light that shines is the light of love,
Hides the darkness from above,
Shines on me and it shines on you,
Shows you what the power of love can do.
Shine my light both bright and clear,
Shine my light both far and near,
In every dark corner that I find,
Let my little light shine.
(Chorus)
Monday gave me the gift of love,
Tuesday peace came from above,
Wednesday told me to have more faith,
Thursday gave me a little more grace,
Friday told me to watch and pray,
Saturday told me just what to say,
Sunday gave me the power divine
To let my little light shine.
(Chorus twice)
Shine, shine, shine, shine, shine.