Abide With Me
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. You’ll notice that part of it is omitted in the duet recording. The notes that are omitted are included as optional in the score. In 2016 I had one of those “what was I thinking” moments, and edited the accompaniment to make it more playable–both versions are still available. I also added some alternative notes to the men’s parts to keep the range below middle C. Where these appear, use either note, not both.
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Recording featuring vocals by Stephanie Boyd:
Recording featuring vocals by Ben Jack and Angie Jack May:
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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?”
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