878. Abide with Me

1 Abide with me, fast falls the eventide.
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

2 I need Thy presence ev'ry passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's pow'r?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

3 Come not in terrors as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for ev'ry plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

4 Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

5 I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if Thou abide with me!

6 Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heav'n's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Text Information
First Line: Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
Title: Abide with Me
Author: Henry F. Lyte, 1793-1847
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Scripture: Luke 24:29; Psalm 63:6-8; Psalm 73:23-26; 1 Corinthians 10:13
Topic: Death and Burial
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: EVENTIDE
Composer: William H. Monk, 1823-89
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Key: E♭ Major
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)



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