Lead Kindly Light (Bamforth series 4513)

"Lead Kindly Light" was a set of three hand-coloured postcards published by Bamforth & Co. Ltd. of Holmfirth.

The text is based on the hymn "Lead, Kindly Light" with words by Saint John Henry Newman.[1]

The postcards were published as series number 4513. Postcards of the same name were published as series numbers 4724, 4837, 5015 and 5110.

Lead Kindly Light (1/3)

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
The distant scene,
One step enough for me.

Lead Kindly Light (2/3)

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.

Lead Kindly Light (3/3)

So long Thy power hast 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.


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