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Lead, Kindly Light

Elizabeth Ragsdale  •  Digital Sheet Music (DSM)


In this gently flowing arrangement of the hymn “Lead, Kindly Light,” words from the Lord’s Prayer sum up each verse. Easy accompaniment. Dramatic melisma passages.

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Lead, Kindly Light
Lyrics by John H. Newman and from the Lord’s Prayer
Music by Elizabeth Ragsdale

Verse 1
Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom.
Oh lead thou me on.
The night is dark, and I am far from home.
Oh lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet. I do not ask to see
The distant scene. One step enough for me.
Give me my daily bread, my daily bread.

Verse 2
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.
Forgive me now as I forgive, as I forgive.

Verse 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.
Oh lead me far from all temptation, from all temptation.

For thine is the power and the glory.
Amen, amen, and amen.

© 2017 Elizabeth Ragsdale