Abide With Me

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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

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
Death has no sting, the grave no victory*
I triumph still if thou abide with me

*Author’s original words are, “Where is death’s sting?
Where, grave, thy victory?”

Words by Henry F. Lyte (adapted); Melody by William H Monk (adapted); Arranged by Sally DeFord

Henry F. Lyte wrote several more stanzas for this beautiful hymn than are usually sung. I have chosen to include one of these verses (with a slight modification in tense) since I love the hope and confidence it expresses.

The obbligato is written for C-instrument, and may be used for either version. You’ll notice that part of it is ommitted in the duet recording. The notes that are omitted are included as optional in the score.

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      Beautiful arrangement, thanks for yet another beautiful song!

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