Abide with Me

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Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Lyte was a Scottish born, Irish trained, Anglican minister in England (later died in France – quite an international fellow). He was a distinguished religious poet.

“Abide with Me” can be found in almost every hymnal in the English language.

The text is based upon Luke 24:29, the walk to Emmaus. After Jesus resurrected, he met two disciples walking to Emmaus. The King James Version says, “But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.”

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EVENTIDE, William H. Monk, 1861

Another tune attributed to “Abide with Me” is MORECAMBE which is the tune used for “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart.

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Detailed hymn history by Darrell St. Romain at Discipleship Ministries

Suggested resource for sharing with children is Kenneth W. Osbeck’s Amazing Grace: Illustrated Stories of Hymns. “Abide with Me” is included in this collection.

The Lutheran Hymnal #552

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