Lead Kindly Light

 

Lead Kindly Light  (Psalm 119:105)

 Lead Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom.

Lord Jesus, lead me on, the night is dark and I am far from home.

Oh—lead me on—keep my feet. I do not ask to see

The distant scene, dear Lord; one step is enough for me.

 

I was not always this way, nor did I pray You lead me on.

I loved to choose and see my path, but now Lord, You lead me on.

I loved the garish days, and in spite of my fears, pride ruled my will.

Remember not past years, remember not past years.

 

So long Your power blest me. Surely it still will lead me on

O’er rocky cliffs and torrents, till’ the night is gone.

And with the morning those angel faces smile,

which I have loved long since,

And lost awhile—which I have loved long since.

 

Lead Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom.

Lord Jesus, lead me on, the night is dark and I am far from home.

Oh—lead me on—keep my feet.  I do not ask to see

The distant scene, dear Lord;  one step is enough for me.

Words by John Henry Newman  (adapted)

Copyright © 1997 Patricia Hain (music)

Mer Méditerranée – Sète

Gustave Le Gray

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