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Hymn : Abide With Me

ABIDE WITH ME 

ABIDE WITH ME

(SS & S 297/ A/M 27) 

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 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 Thyself 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!

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