Song of the Month
This month’s song: “Abide with Me”
Written By Henry Francis Lyte
This is one of the most loved English Hymns. It is well sung in churches around the world. It was also sung at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics and has been sung before the FA Cup final in England since 1927. The song is a prayer for God’s abiding presence through troubled times and was written by Henry Francis Lyte after being Diagnosed with Tuberculosis. The hymn was first sung at Lyte’s funeral. More information about the hymn is available here
Lyrics of the Song:
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.
I need thy presence every passing hour.
What but thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who like thyself my guide and strength 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.
Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.