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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Verses on Various Occasions.
VI. The Pillar of the Cloud (“Lead, Kindly Light”)
By John Henry Newman (1801–1890)
 
A Sea, on the 16th of June, 1833

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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