Abide with me! fast falls the eventide

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.
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 power?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, oh, 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.
Nora Ahern

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Love this song. Thanks

Noelfrancis I Udejiagbara

Maiduguri, Borno State, IMO State, Nigeria

Abide with me

Lord Jesus when all helpers fail me, the Lord will be there for me

Lord Jesus abide with me, if my own I can do nothing

But with God I can overcome

The Lord is my helper what can man do to me?

I 😍 love this song


Rik Eischen

Rockford, Illinois, United States

"Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes /

Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies /

Heav'ns morning breaks and earth 's vain shadows flee /

In life, in death, O O Lord, abide with me."

verse 8? The Lutheran Hymnal

Punctuation missing (written by memory)

Marsha Hudson

New Orleans, LA, United States

So soothing such comfort knowing Jesus will abide in me.

Olusanya Akanmu

Lagos, Nigeria

A song of reassurance that as long as Christ lives, neither death nor angels, nor demons nor our greatest fears will separate us from the love of God

Okafor Miracle

Oba, Anambra, Nigeria

Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

Ronke Ogunwumi

Cumberland, Rhode Island, United States

Abide with United states of America O'Lord.

Anthony Mbithi Musau

Queenstown, Southland, New Zealand

When I turn inward there's a lot to make me be afraid, dispair, wear out but my saviour Christ Jesus comforts me through this hymn"i fear no evil with thee at hand to bless"Amen.

Ana Lara

United States

Henry F. Lyte, an obscure English pastor wrote the text for this hymn in 1847, shortly before his passing on to be with his Lord and Savior. It has since rendered comfort to Christians during times of sorrow and distress

Henry F. Lyte was born in Scotland on June 1, 1793. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and was a member of the Church of England all of his life. Henry had a frail constitution, battling asthma and tuberculosis but was strong in spirit. He was an established poet, musician and minister and coined the phrase, “It is better to wear out than to rust out. ” Wherever he ministered, he was greatly loved and admired by those he ministered to.

The last twenty-three years of his life were spent in a poor parish church among a finish congregation at Lower Brixham, Devonshire, England. During these years his health became progressively worse and as a result traveled to Italy in search for a warmer climate. It is said that during his last sermon to his parishioners on September 4, 1847, Lyte nearly had to crawl to his pulpit and his message came as from a dying man. His final words impacted his poor parishioners when he said it was his desire to “induce you to prepare for the solemn hour which must come to all by a timely appreciation and dependence on the death of Christ. ” He died in Nice, France on his way to Rome, Italy and was buried in the English cemetery on November 20, 1847.

Lyte is said to have written this text along with his own tune shortly before his last sermon at the Lower Brixham Church. It became widely used after a was published in a book, “Lyte’s Remains, ” in 1850, London. Its first appearance in America was in 1855, with Henry Ward Beecher’s “Plymouth Collection” with the notation that “this hymn was meant to be read and not sung. ” Later it was discovered by William Henry Monk, music editor of the Anglican Church hymnal, “Hymns Ancient and Modern, ” and it was included in the first edition of that hymnal published in 1861.

William Monk contributed fifty original tunes for the hymnal. It is said that it took him less than half an hour to compose for Lyte’s text named “Eventide. ” He was inspired by the beauty of a beautiful sunset while experiencing a deep personal sorrow. In addition to his work as editor of the hymnal, he was also choir director and organist at King’s College, London.

Henry Lyte’s text for this hymn was taken from the account of Christ’s appearance with the two disciples on the way to Emmaus and what they told the Lord, “Abide with us: for it is toward evening and the day is far spent” (Luke 24:29).


Hull, United Kingdom

Thanks You Jesus for bringing this Hymn back to me and Finding the Lyrics here to Sing it to my Heart's Content. Bringing back memories when we use to sing it in the Assembly in Primary school and Secondary school days. Thank You Lord!

The fourth step in escaping the fall is to know the frailty of man. Enosh is another interesting name in Genesis 4. Enosh means "frail, mortal man." This implies that to escape from walking on the path of the fall, we need to know the frailty of man. We need to know that man is nothing and can break, just as a glass cup breaks easily. This is frailty. Man is frail. Some people do not know themselves. They think that they are smart, wise, and strong, when in fact they have nothing of which to boast. When a car hits a man, he is as fragile as a glass cup. When he is infected with tuberculosis, he must lie down. He may even die from tuberculosis. Man's life is frail. Man's name is Abel, but man's name is also Enosh. Abel means that man is vain, but Enosh means that man is frail. People who dream about their life should wake up. Man is not strong. Man will collapse when he is sick, and he will die if a car hits him. A wife can collapse when she is mad at her husband. She can even get ulcers because of her anger. A person can live to be one hundred years at most. The Chinese say that few can live to the age of seventy. Being fifty years old is not yet the twilight hour, but it is already four o'clock in the afternoon. Some people are at eight or nine o'clock in the evening. There is a hymn that says, "Swift to its close ebbs our life's little day" (Hymns, #370, stanza 2). People must wake up from their dreams, because human life is vain and frail. In order to escape the fall, we must realize the meaning of human life. Those who continue in the fall do not know their own human life. In chapter 4 those who were delivered out of the fall knew that human life is vain and frail.