Author of the Lyrics
The author of the edifying
words of the "Let Your Light Shine" lyrics, Mrs. M. L. Herr (Mid 1800's-Early 1900's),
was born in Dayton, Ohio, United States and
achieved fame as a hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Let Your Light Shine", Matthew Lindsay McPhail (July 1, 1854-November 24, 1931),
was born in Old Monkland, Lanark, Scotland and
became famous as a musician and composer. He moved to America where he became a choir director at the First Methodist Church in Canton, Ohio.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Let Your Light Shine
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Mrs. M. L. Herr (Mid 1800's
to Early 1900's)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Matthew Lindsay McPhail (July 1, 1854 to
November 24, 1931)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Have you entered the race for the prize, my brother, For the crown of immortal life"
First Publication Date:
Let Your Light Shine Lyrics
Have you entered the race for the prize, my brother,
For the crown of immortal life?
Do you earnestly run for the goal, my brother?
Are you fearless amid earth's strife?
Let your light shine out clean and bright, my brother,
As you travel thro' darkness and doubt;
There are shadows that you may dispel, my brother;
Jesus says, "Let your light shine out."
Does the pathway seem tedious and lone, my brother,
Are you weary, perplexed or faint?
Be courageous, for Christ is at hand, my brother,
To deliver each burdened saint.
There are pilgrims who need kindly words, my brother,
Like our Lord, let us cheer and bless;
Any season, or place we can serve, my brother,
Surely makes our own burden less.
Time for winning the prize, is but short, my brother,
Then so run that you may obtain;
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus alone, my brother;
He will make all your pathway plain.
Then be vigilant, loyal, and firm, my brother,
For the enemy lies in wait;
Ever wear the whole armor of God, my brother,
And your victory will be great.