29*. Lead, Light Divine, Amid Th' Encircling Gloom

by J.H. Newman
Lead, light divine, amid th' 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 path; one step's enough for me.
Psalm 5:8; Isaiah 48:17; 1 Samuel 2:9
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and seek 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.
Hebrews 10:17
Thus far Thy power hath blessed me, and it still
Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen, through tangled brakes, on till
The night is gone;
And with the morn the everlasting joy,
Which led me on, is mine without alloy.
Romans 13:11; Psalm 30:5; Isaiah 35:10