The SOP Writer's Theme Hymn


This came to me from my friend Priscilla Strapp, an excellent writer in search of a publisher.Here is the "Theme Hymn" for writers who don't want to plot every last detail before they begin: Lead Kindly Light by John Henry Newman to the tune of Lux Benigna:

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.

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.

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 morn, those angel faces smile;
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

This is a hymn about life with God--but if you look closely, you can see that everything in it can be made to fit the writing life as well, especially for those of us who write without a lot of plotting.

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