ABIDE WITH ME
Henry F. Lyte,
William H. Monk, 1861
Abide with me: fast
falls the even tide:
deepens, Lord with me abide:
When other helpers
fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the
helpless, O abide with me.
Swift to its close
ebbs out life’s little day:
Earth’s joys grow
dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in
all a round I see;
O Thou, who changest
not, abide with me.
I need Thy presence
every passing hour;
What but Thy grace
can foil the tempter’s power?
Who like thyself my
guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and
sunshine, O abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross
before my closing eyes;
Shine through the
gloom, and point me to the skies;
breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
I triumph still if
Thou abide with me.
Author: Henry F. Lyte,
“Abide with me “ is a favorite hymn for
Christians especially during sorrow and deep distress. The author
Henry F. Lyte was born in Scotland on June 1st, 1793. He
was educated in Trinity Collage, Dublin, Ireland and was a pastor of
the Church of England. Though he was Continually Suffering from
Asthma and tuberculosis, he was a tireless worker with strong faith
Lyte’s health became worse when he
was the pastor of a poor Church among fishing people at lower
Brixham, Devonshire, England. So he decided to move to a warmer
climate in Italy. Lyte wrote this song before his last Sunday at the
lower Brixham Church. Lyte took the text for his hymn from the
account of Christ’s appearance with the two disciples on the way
to Emmaus and their statement “Abide with us for it is towards
evening and the day is far spent” (Luke 24:29)
On his way to Rome, Italy, he died at Nice,
France and was buried in the English Cemetery on November 20, 1847.
His song “Abide with me “ was published in a book, “Lyte’s
Remains”, in 1850, London.
Composer: William H. Monk,
Though Lyte created his own tune for his song
it never became widely used. The present tune was Composed by
William Monk the Choir Director and organist of Kings Collage
London. It took only half an hour for William Monk to compose a tune
named “Eventide”, for Lyte’s song. He was inspired by the
beauty of a glorious sunset while yet experiencing a deep personal
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