St. John Henry Newman

St. John Henry Newman
Denis Hooper

Last Sunday, Pope Francis cannonised St. John Henry Newman, the first Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland which later became University College Dublin.

Br. Justin and Fr. John both spoke at School Assemblies about St. John Henry and below is a poem by him which Fr. John read.

 

Lead, Kindly Light by St. John Henry Newman

Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th'encircling gloom,

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

Should'st lead me on'

I loved to choose and see my path; but now

Lead Thou me on!

I loved the garish day, and, in 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 morning those angel faces smile,

Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

 

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,

Thyself hast trod,

Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith,

Home to my God.

To rest forever after earthly strife

In the calm light of everlasting life.