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436. 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 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 Christ, who changes not, 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 stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O 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 cross 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
Title: Abide with Me
Author: Henry Francis Lyte (1847, alt.)
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: The Church at Worship: Closing and Evening Hymns; liturgical: Closing Songs; Aging (25 more...)
Tune Information
Name: EVENTIDE
Composer: William Henry Monk (1861)
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Key: E♭ Major



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