Volume 4, Issue 2, Fall 2007
Keith Andrew Massey
Vergilian Allusions In Newman’s “Kindly Light”
What is the literary antecedent to Newman’s famous “Lead, Kindly Light”? This essay proposes that Newman’s phrase—“Kindly Light”— is an allusion to a specific passage of Vergil’s Aeneid. Understood in this light, Newman’s poem is a prologue to the epic journey Newman began as he returned to England to commence the Oxford Movement.