Friday, October 20, 2006

Lead, Kindly Light!

How much we need the guiding hands of our heavenly Father in each step we take! This beautiful song written by Cardinal John Henry Newman more than 170 years back is my prayer even today.

Lead, Kindly Light

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.

1 comment:

Philo said...

This happens to also be a favourite of Mahatma Gandhi...makes sense when seen in context of the quest for truth/satyagraha.

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