I'll Be a Sunbeam

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1 Jesus wants me for a sunbeam,
To shine for Him each day;
In ev'ry way try to please Him,
At home, at school, at play.

A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam:
A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
I’ll be a sunbeam for Him.

2 Jesus wants me to be loving,
And kind to all I see;
Showing how pleasant and happy,
His little one can be. [Refrain]

Source: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: an African American ecumenical hymnal #432

Author: Nellie Talbot

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Text Information

First Line: Jesus wants me for a sunbeam
Title: I'll Be a Sunbeam
Author: Nellie Talbot
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: A sunbeam, a sunbeam, Jesus wants me for a sunbeam
Publication Date: 1900
Notes: Spanish translation: "Nítido rayo por Cristo" by Speros Demetrios Athans; Swahili translation: See "Yesu ataka mwangaza"
Copyright: Public Domain



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African American Heritage Hymnal #614

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #556

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Hymns of Faith #483

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One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #432


The Cyber Hymnal #2882

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #510


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #844


Timeless Truths #50

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Total Praise #611

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Yes, Lord! #420

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