Lead, Kindly Light (Newman, Dykes, Bickersteth)
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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.

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!

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!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

####.... Words to verses 1-3 written in 1833 by John Henry Cardinal Newman [1801-1890]; music composed in 1865 by John Bacchus Dykes [1823-1876] of Hull, England; verse 4 written by Edward H Bickersteth, Jr [1825-1906] ....####

One of two hymns cited by Marion Parsons in her 2004 ballad, The Newfoundland Sealing Disaster.

The variant in the video above features Welsh singer Aled Jones [b.1970] a specialist presenter on the BBC1 television broadcast of Songs Of Praise ©2003.


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