Abide with Me

Words: • Henry Francis Lyte (1847) with historical influences
Music:EVENTIDE • William H. Monk (1861)



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!


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 Thou who changest not, abide with me!


Come not in terrors, as the King of kings;
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings:
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.


I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me!


I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless:
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.


Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies:
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 308 Identical Identical
Songs for Worship and Praise 683 Lacks vss 3, 5 Key of F instead of E♭;
Repeats end of last verse
Songs of Faith and Praise 808 Lacks vss 3, 5 Key of F instead of E♭;
Repeats end of last verse
Praise for the Lord 7 Lacks vs 3 Key of E instead of E♭
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 74 Lacks vss 3, 5, 6 Identical
Songs of the Church 19 Lacks vs 3 Key of E instead of E♭
Sacred Selections 654 Lacks vss 3, 5, 6 Identical
Christian Hymns No. 2 150 Lacks vss 3, 5, 6 Key of E instead of E♭
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 327 Lacks vs 3 Key of E instead of E♭





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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15