Abide with Me

Five Days of Hymn Stories


Abide with Me

Stay with us, for it is nearly evening;
the day is almost over.
       —Luke 24:29

Abide with Me is one of the best-known and most-loved hymns of the past two centuries. It was composed by Scottish Anglican Henry Francis Lyte in 1847, the same year he died of tuberculosis at age fifty-four.

The hymn is a prayer for God’s presence in all seasons of life: when “darkness deepens,” “helpers fail,” “earth’s joys grow dim,” “through cloud and sunshine,” “in life, in death.”

The opening line alludes to Luke 24:29, “Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent” (KJV). Each verse ends with the appeal, “abide with me”. . .

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Peace comes not from the absence of trouble,
but from the presence of God.


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