Abide with us, O Savior dear

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1 Abide with us, O Saviour dear,
For dark and low'ring clouds appear;
And let Thy light, Thy Word divine,
Continue in Thy church to shine.

2 This is a dark and evil day,
Forsake us not, O Lord, we pray;
And let us in our grief and pain
They Word and sacraments retain.

3 Lord Jesus, help, Thy Church uphold,
For we are weak, indifferent, cold;
Give us Thy Spirit and Thy grace,
And spread Thy truth in every place.

4 And keep us steadfast in Thy Word,
Stay Satan's fatal wiles, O Lord;
To us Thy grace and power reveal,
And let Thy Church Thy presence feel.

5 And since the cause is Thine, we pray,
Do Thou the arm of evil stay;
And grace and power and wisdom lend
To those who would Thy Word defend.

6 Thy Word is in distress and need
Our comfort and defense indeed;
By it Thy Church keep pure within
And free from error, shame, and sin.

7 Grant that Thy Word may light our way,
That we in darkness may not stray,
But, through this vale of sin and woe,
May to the heavenly mansions go.


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #268

Author: Nicolaus Selneccer

Selnecker, Nicolaus, D.D., son of Georg Selnecker (Selneccer, Schellenecker, who was protonotarius to the Nürnberg magistracy, but lived at Hersbruck near Nürnberg) was born at Hersbruck Dec. 5, 1532. In 1536 he was removed to Nürnberg, and became during his school time, when only twelve years old, organist at the chapel in the Kaiserburg there. He went to the university of Wittenberg in 1550 (where he became a favourite pupil of Melanchthon), graduated M.A. on July 31, 1554, and subsequently lectured as a privat-docent, sometimes to 200 students. In the end of 1557 he was appointed second court preacher at Dresden, and tutor to the heir apparent Prince Alexander, having also to supervise the education of the choirboys of the royal chape… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Abide with us, O Savior dear
German Title: Ach bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ
Author: Nicolaus Selneccer
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. Text ed. #d9

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