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Lead Kindly Light
Posted by admin on 6 Sep, 2011

John Newman, in 1833 while becalmed on a beach in the Straits of Bonifacio wrote this serene hymn;

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 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 blessed 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!

We may not see the distant scene, but because we have this light leading within us, one step at a time is enough for us.

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