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Newman Studies Journal

Volume 4, Issue 2, Fall 2007

Keith Andrew Massey
Pages 5-10

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.

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