Lead, Kindly Light
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    Lead, Kindly Light

    Prayerfully

    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 pray’d 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 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: John Henry Newman, 1801–1890

    Music: John B. Dykes, 1823–1876

    Psalm 43:3

    Psalm 119:133–135