Instrumentation: SATB and Organ
Duration: 5 minutes
Recording Available: No
Catalog ID: RE1062
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Abide With Me was written specifically with the diversity of church music resources in mind. During this work, the choir sings an original musical setting of the text. Inspired by Luke 24:29, Henry Francis Lyte's text is appropriate for any occasion celebrating God's steadfast love including, but not limited to, funerals, memorial services, Easter vigil, and New Year's Eve. Even though this was originally intended for a church service, directors may also include this work on any choir concert.
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.
I need your presence every passing hour.
What but your grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who like yourself my guide and strength can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.
Hold now your Word 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.