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640. Lead, Kindly LIght

1 Lead, kindly light, amid the 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 power hath 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 the encircling gloom
Title: Lead, Kindly LIght
Author: John Henry Newman (1833)
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 10 4 10 4 10 10
Topic: The Church in the World: Commitment: Pilgrimage; Commitment; Humility (6 more...)
Notes: Alt tune: SANDON
Tune Information
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1865)
Meter: 10 4 10 4 10 10
Key: A♭ Major

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