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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
75. The Pillar of the Cloud
By John Henry, Cardinal Newman  (1801–1890)
  
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        5
The distant scene,—one step enough for me.
 
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!       10
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       15
  The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

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