John Henry Newman

(21 February 1801 – 11 August 1890 / London, England)

The Pillar Of The Cloud - Poem by John Henry Newman

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 pray'd that Thou
Should'st 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;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.


Comments about The Pillar Of The Cloud by John Henry Newman

  • Rookie Rebecca Waters (2/4/2009 8:51:00 PM)

    It sounds like he lost, through death, some people dear to him, and is looking forward to seeing them in heaven. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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