Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Abide With Me" -

"Abide with me" ~ Henry F. Lyte (1847)

"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, oh, 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.

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, Lord, 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."

I love this hymn .... when the darkness deepens, dear Lord, with me abide.
With love,
~ Jean Marie ~

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

And He will! And He does! I, too, dearly love this hymn!--mcd

Anonymous said...

Jean, I am remembering that I once read that "Abide with Me" was written by Lyte while he lay dying from tuberculosis and that he lived only another three weeks after writing it. How beautiful that, as earthly darkness truly deepened for him, he knew the joy and comfort of the promise "I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE NOR FORSAKE THEE!" and as God held him mightily in his last days, looked with confidence through the gloom of death's earthly sting--to the grand Glory of Heaven's shores where death forever dies!!!--mcd

Shelby said...

I sing this quite often in church, it has become a favorite

Jenna said...

What a beautiful hymn! Thank you for sharing, Jean Marie!

Many Blessings,
Jenna