© Edward Tonini

Lead Thou Me On

Text by Cardinal John Henry Newman (1833)

Music by Edward Tonini

LEAD, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom

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.

Refrain:   Lead Thou me on!   

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!

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;

  Lead Thou me on!

And with the morn those angel faces smile

Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

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