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Lead Kindly Light

Monday, December 13, 2004
Here is one of my favorite poems. I read this years ago in the first dedication page in a book about Ghandi. I have seen the poem in the Divine Office, in the poetry section, several times. This poem kept popping into my mind while I was on retreat last week. It is such a beutiful poem that I wanted to share it with you all. May Our Lord richly bless you and those in your lives and may Our Lady keep you beneath her mantle of Love and Grace.
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.

Cardinal Newman

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