Author of the Lyrics
The author of the edifying
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.
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
Title of Hymn: Lead Kindly Light
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Henry Newman (February 21, 1801
to August 11, 1890)
Nationality of Author:
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:
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.