Brighten the Corner Where You Are
Christian Hymn by Ina Duley Ogdon

Brighten the Corner Where You Are by Ina D. Ogdon is a hymn we can surely identify with and live by.  Many of us, at one time or another, are like Ina who had a heart to do God's work and be part of the ministry of bringing in souls into the Kingdom of God but because of circumstances in life, had to abandon our plans for the ministry to stay back and do the necessary task of looking after an ailing parent, sibling or child.

brighten the corner/Ina D. Ogdon

Ina wrote this song in 1912 and published it in 1913.  The lyrics and meaning are evergreen and universal; encouraging us to shine where we are.

This song is so widely sung in Sunday schools and churches throughout the world and had also been recorded by artists including Ella Fitzgerald, The Mills Brothers, Joan Crawford,  Billy Sunday, Liliana Rose, Gipsy Smith and many more. 

The well-known Charles Hutchinson Gabriel who wrote I Stand Amazed In His Presence and other Christian hymns wrote the music for this song.

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Brighten the Corner Where You Are

Lyrics ~Ina D. Ogdon, 1872 - 1964
Music ~ Charles H. Gabriel, 1856 - 1932

Stanza 1:

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! (x2)
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!

Stanza 2:

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.


Stanza 3:

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.


Scripture Verses:

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  -  Revelations 22:16

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  -  Colossians 3:17

Let us be encouraged by Ina D. Ogdon and no matter, where we are and whatever our life situation, remember that we too can be a blessing to those whom God brings into our sphere of contact so let us shine where we are planted.

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