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299. Lead, Kindly Light

1. Lead, kindly Light, amid th' encircling gloom
Lead Thou me on;
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on;
Keep Thou my feet;
I do not ask to see....
The distant scene,--one step enough for me.

2. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,....
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

3. So long Thy pow'r has blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile,....
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

Text Information
First Line: Lead, kindly Light, amid th' encircling gloom
Title: Lead, Kindly Light
Author: Rev. John H. Newman (1833)
Meter: 10 4 10 4 10 10
Language: English
Publication Date: 1929
Topic: The Christian Life: Guidance
Tune Information
Name: LUX BENIGNA
Composer: John B. Dykes (1867)
Meter: 10 4 10 4 10 10
Incipit: 51233 21616 51712
Key: A♭ Major



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