Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy/Lead Kindly Light
Arranger : Donna Howard (bio)
Composer : Philip Paul Bliss
Composer : John Henry Newman
Sung almost out of the hymnbook, Brightly Beams is a choir arrangement with Lead, Kindly Light sung in conjunction with the second verse. They have a similar theme, so they work well together.
Brightly beams our Father's Mercy
From his lighthouse evermore.
But to us he gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.
Let the lower lights be burning,
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor, fainting struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.
Dark the night of sin has settle,
Loud the angry billows roar.
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.
Trim your feeble lamp, my brother,
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.

Lead, kindly light, amid th'encircling gloom,
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead though me on!
Keep thou my feet, I do not ask to see
The distant scene, one step enough for me.