Lyrics and Information
Words by Henry F. Lyte (1793-1847), 1847Tune: EVENTIDE, by William H. Monk (1823-1889), 1861Key signature: E flat major (3 flats)Meter: 10.10.10.10.Public DomainOrgan Performance at Hymns Without Words1. 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!2. 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!3. I need Thy presence ev’ry 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!4. 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!