The Pillar of the Cloud

Original Text: 
John Henry Newman, The Dream of Gerontius and Other Poems (London: Humphrey Milford, 1914), p. 141. PR 5107 D6 1914
1Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
2        Lead Thou me on!
3The night is dark, and I am far from home --
4        Lead Thou me on!
5Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
6The distant scene, -- one step enough for me.
7I was not ever thus, nor pray'd that Thou
8        Should'st lead me on.
9I loved to choose and see my path; but now
10        Lead Thou me on!
11I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
12Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.
13So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
14        Will lead me on,
15O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
16        The night is gone;
17And with the morn those angel faces smile
18Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.