vineri, 11 decembrie 2015

Abide with Me

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

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile
And, though rebellious and perverse meanwhile
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee
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

Abide with Me is a hymn written by Henry Francis Lyte.
He wrote it in 1847 while he lay dying from tuberculosis;
he survived only a further three weeks after its completion.

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