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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
I. “God make my life a little light”
By Matilda Barbara Betham-Edwards (1836–1919)
 
GOD make my life a little light
    Within the world to glow;
A little flame that burneth bright,
    Wherever I may go.
 
God make my life a little flower,        5
    That giveth joy to all,
Content to bloom in native bower
    Although its place be small.
 
God make my life a little song
    That comforteth the sad;        10
That helpeth others to be strong,
    And makes the singer glad.
 
God make my life a little staff,
    Whereon the weak may rest,
That so what health and strength I have        15
    May serve my neighbours best.
 
God make my life a little hymn
    Of tenderness and praise;
Of faith—that never waxeth dim,
    In all His wondrous ways.        20
 
 
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