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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Pillar of the Cloud
 
John Henry Newman (1801–90)
 
 
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        5
The distant scene,—one step enough for me.
 
I was not ever thus, nor pray’d that Thou
      Shouldst lead me on.
I lov’d to choose and see my path; but now
      Lead Thou me on!        10
I lov’d the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride rul’d my will: remember not past years.
 
So long Thy power hath bless’d me, sure it still
      Will lead me on,
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till        15
      The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have lov’d long since, and lost awhile.
 

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