425. Abide with me, fast falls the eventide

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 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 -
you never change, O Lord: abide with me!

3 I need your presence every passing hour:
what but your grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who like yourself my guide and strength can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me!

4 I have no fear with you at hand to bless;
ills have no weight and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, your victory?
I triumph still if you abide with me.

5 Hold now your Word before my closing eyes;
shine through the gloom and point me to the skies!
Heaven'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
Author: H. F. Lyte (1793-1847)
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: God's Church: Faith and Trust; Easter: The Resurrection of Christ; Easter 2: The Emmaus Road (2 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: W. H. Monk (1823-1889)
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Key: E♭ Major

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