A Hymn - After reading "Lead, Kindly Light"


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Publication Information

Published in Lyrics of the Hearthside (1899)

Performed by Herbert Woodward Martin

Musical Settings

Wynn Leo Boyd, Lead Gently, Lord (voice and piano) (January 1964)

Gary Bachlund, Lead Gently, Lord (SATB chorus and organ) (January 2009)

Reginald Evans, Lead Gently, Lord, and Slow (January 2006)


Lead gently, Lord, and slow,
For oh, my steps are weak,
And ever as I go,
Some soothing sentence speak;

That I may turn my face
Through doubt's obscurity
Toward thine abiding-place,
E'en tho' I cannot see.

For lo, the way is dark;
Through mist and cloud I grope,
Save for that fitful spark,
The little flame of hope.

Lead gently, Lord, and slow,
For fear that I may fall;
I know not where to go
Unless I hear thy call.

My fainting soul doth yearn
For thy green hills afar;
So let thy mercy burn --
My greater, guiding star!