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.
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.


Accra, Ghana

Yeah. I was taught to sing it when I was in class 4. I am 46. Every now and then, I sing it for inspiration.

David Sparks

Riverside, California, United States

I am 70 now... and I remember this song... with love I sing it (when I can remember the words... amen??!! )

Samuel Afari

Koforidua, Eastern Region, Ghana

This song we sang in primary school as marching song every morning to class. I’m 56 now a Pastor, and it means so much to me.

Doreen Carr

I’m in my 70s, Mom would sing this to me after night prayers and no I want to sing it with my son to his 4 year old daughter! Thank you❤️

Dale Matson

Fresno, CA, United States

I am 73 and remember this song also. Great wisdom.

Veronica Campbell

Nashville, TN, United States

This song was taught to me in first grade. I am 52. I pray people take a moment to listen to the words to this song and make a difference in this world.