Brighten the Corner Where You Are

Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar,
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.
  Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!
Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,
Let not narrow self your way debar;
Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,
Brighten the corner where you are.
Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,
Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;
Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,
Brighten the corner where you are.
Right beside you are believers who have gone astray;
For lost sheep, you need not seek afar.
In Christ’s love, exhort, restore, and comfort them today;
Brighten the corner where you are.
Stay in fellowship with Jesus and behold His face
If His glorious radiance you’d impart.
Love and serve the Lord sincerely; this will touch men’s hearts;
Brighten the corner where you are.
Christ is coming as the Master to reward His slaves;
He appears on high, the Morning Star;
Sinners rescue, saints recover while it’s still today,
Brighten the corner where you are.
William Miller

Berea, Ohio, United States

I am 94 years old and my daughter is typing this for me. I learned this song back in Sunday School at the Methodist Church in downtown Elyria, Ohio. It was in the early 1930's. This morning I woke up with the Lyrics and Melody in my mind and I sang it to my daughter and her husband! Then my daughter looked up on her computer and we all learned more about it!


Mechanicsville, MD, United States

FBN radio plays this song in a two piano/four hands version. I have been searching for it for years.

Junior George

Florida, St. John, Grenada

My dad taught us that song when we were quite young... he is no longer around but the song still inspires me today

Asus Amaku

Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

I woke up this morning with this song:I pray it turns a soul back to Christ.


Williamsport, PA, United States

Uplifting message based on a favorite Bible verse: Micah 6:8 woven with a singable hymn tune.


Lagos, Nigeria

I was barely 12 when the national choir sang this song, I love it and it's been an inspiration to me

Avirup Saha

Kolkata, India

It is very good

Avirup Chowdhury

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

I was taught this song in grade 4 and I think tis song is very meaningful


Seneca, South Carolina, United States

Every morning we sang this song in my second grade class in Nashville, Tennessee.

Our teacher’s name was Miss Carothers. At the time I doubt any of us children knew what a harbor was much less what it meant to guide someone across the bar.

As an adult, I have learned the meaning of this song. We may not be meant to light up the whole world, but to be a shining light wherever we are. I have forgotten most of my teachers, but not this one. That was 1954.

Shoko Kathias

Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa

I sang this one in Grade 4 way back in 1976 during the heat of the war.