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