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Selected Poetry of John Henry Newman, Cardinal (1801-1890)

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Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

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Index to poems

The night is dark, and I am far from home --
Lead Thou me on!
        (The Pillar of the Cloud, 3-4)
  1. The Pillar of the Cloud (Lead, Kindly Light)

Notes on Life and Works

John Henry Newman converted from the Church of England to Roman Catholicism in 1830 and was ordained in Rome the next year. His Apologia pro Vita Sua (1864), The Grammar of Assent (1870), and The Idea of a University (1873) are important treatises in nineteenth-century English thought. Besides his religious poetry, Newman also published two novels, Loss and Gain (1848) and Callista (1856). He was named Cardinal in 1879 and declared Venerable in 1991 by Pope John Paul II.

Biographical information

Given name: John Henry
Family name: Newman
Honorific: Cardinal
Birth date: 21 February 1801
Death date: 11 August 1890
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: John Newman
          mother: Jemima Newman
          brother: Charles Robert Newman
          brother: Francis William Newman
          sister: Harriet Elizabeth Mozley
          sister: Jemima Charlotte Mozley
          sister: Mary Sophia Newman
          Ealing School (secondary education): 1808
          Trinity College, Oxford (B.A.): 14 December 1816 to 1820
          Lincoln's Inn: 1819
          Anglican to 1830
          Roman Catholic: 1830
          Trinity scholarship: 1818
          Honorary fellow of Trinity College, Oxford: 1877
          declared Venable by Pope John Paul II: 1991
Literary period: Victorian
          Deacon: 13 June 1824
          Priest: 1846
          Cardinal: 12 May 1879
          London: 21 February 1801
          Dublin: 1854
          Birmingham: 1858
Illness: Typhoid fever: 1833
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Buried at: "the grave of Ambrose St John at the Oratory country house at Rednal, outside Birmingham" (DNB)
First RPO edition: 1998