Nursery Rhymes

Lead Kindly Light

Lead Kindly Light Lyrics and Music

The encouraging words and lyrics of the esteemed hymn begin with "Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Lead Kindly Light" hymn were written by its English author John Henry Newman. The author of the hymn, John Henry Newman, was born on February 21, 1801 and died on August 11, 1890. The joyous music that accompanies the "Lead Kindly Light" song of praise was composed by John Bacchus Dykes The composer of the music to the "Lead Kindly Light" hymn, John Bacchus Dykes, was born on March 10, 1823 and died on January 22, 1876. We have placed "Lead Kindly Light" in the category of Favorite Songs. Enjoy the glorifying lyrics of this popular Christian song and traditional church hymn.

Lead Kindly Light Hymn
Title: Lead Kindly Light *** Name of Composer: John Bacchus Dykes *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: John Henry Newman *** Hymns Category: Favorite Songs

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the elevating words of the "Lead Kindly Light" lyrics, John Henry Newman (February 21, 1801-August 11, 1890), was born in London, England and achieved fame as a Catholic Hymn writer and a leader of the Oxford Movement.

Lead Kindly Light Lyrics

Lead, kindly Light, 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 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 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!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path, Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith, home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Lead Kindly Light", John Bacchus Dykes (March 10, 1823-January 22, 1876), was born in Kingston upon Hull, England and became famous as a composer, Church organist and musician. Dykes was also Canon of Durham Cathedral.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Lead Kindly Light
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Henry Newman (February 21, 1801 to August 11, 1890)
Nationality of Author: English

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: John Bacchus Dykes (March 10, 1823 to January 22, 1876)
Hymn Category: Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on"
First Publication Date: 1833

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