Lead Kindly Light

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform the much-loved British hymn “Lead Kindly Light” arranged by Mack Wilberg with music by John B. Dykes and original text by John Henry Newman, cofounder of the Cambridge University Musical Society. 


Lyrics

1. 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.


2. I was not ever thus, nor pray’d 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.


3. So long thy pow’r 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!


Text: John Henry Newman, 1801–1890

Music: John B. Dykes, 1823–1876


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