Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A HYMN; AFTER READING 'LEAD, KINDLY LIGHT', by PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR

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A HYMN; AFTER READING 'LEAD, KINDLY LIGHT', by             Poem Explanation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Lead gently, lord, and slow
Last Line: My greater, guiding star!
Subject(s): Newman, John Henry, Cardinal (1801-1890); Religion; Theology

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!

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