Songs We Like to Sing

Published 1912
Lead, Kindly Light

     John Henry Newman                                         John B. Dykes

Lead, kindly Light, amid th' encirling 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.

I was not ever thus, nor pray'd that thou
Shoud'st lead me on;
I lov'd to choose, and see my path; but no
Lead thou me on.
I lov'd the garish day; and, spite of fears,
Pride rul'd my will: remember not past years.

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


© 1999, 2003, Lynn Waterman