Abide with Me is a Christian hymn English . The text was written in 1847 by Henry Francis Lyte, when he lay on his deathbed with tuberculosis . There is also a Dutch translation,[1namely 392, song from the song book for the churches. In different Protestant denominations reads the first line either keep mine near, or stay with me, Lord. The music was composed in 1861 by William Monk.


[hide]*1 supper at Emmaus

Supper At Emmaus[Edit]Edit

The text of the anthem has its origins in the story of the supper at Emmaus that described in the Gospel according to Lucas (24, 13-35). Two disciples, one of which (Cleophas) is mentioned by name, meet on the way to Emmaus, without knowing it, the resurrected Christ who walk with them and meanwhile all kinds of Scripture interpretation gives. In Emmaüs they ask their travel companion, which they have not yet recognized until then, to stay with them because it is already evening it is already almost dark. This passage calls on foreigners to provide hospitality. Only later did the call stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is coming to an end the interpretation received from a call to the Lord not to abandon his believers. By that interpretation testifies Abide with me.


[1]Abide with me, on melody of Eventide by William Henry Monk(1861)

The text of the hymn reads:

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.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word;'But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,'Familiar, condescending, patient, free.'Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,'But child and good, with healing in Thy wings,'Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea —'Come, Friend of sinners, and thus bide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile;'And, though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,'Thou hast not left me, oft as I left tea,'On to the close, O Lord, 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 Thy 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.


The anthem is particularly popular in Royal circles. It was sung at the wedding of the English King George VI and at that of his daughter Elizabeth.

The song is performed during funeralsarranged. For example at the funeral of the Dutch Prince Bernhard, when the anthem was sung while the coffin descended in the crypt of the new Churchin Delft. At the memorial service following the Turkish Airlines-aircraft disaster at Schiphol on 25 February 2009 the military band played the music of this anthem. Also during the National Remembrance Day on 4 may, the anthem played.

After the demise of the Titanic told survivors that the band played the anthem during the sinking of the ship. [2Later research showed that the band had played other songs, including Nearer, My God, to Thee. This can also be seen and heard in the movie of the same name.

Thelonious Monk made a jazz version of this hymn.

During a tattoo is the hymn often played at the end of the execution, as all participating Corps music on stage. The hymn will be played after the tattoo-signal has sounded.

In movies[Edit]Edit

  • In the film a bridge too far singing wounded English paratroopers This hymn in the field.
  • In the film The Full Monty , she performed during the funeral of the mother of Lane
  • In Danny Boyle's film 28 Days Later is the melody used
  • In Doctor Who season 3 episode 3 (Gridlock) sing all drivers and passengers on the New Earth Motorway This hymn.

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