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Abide With Me

About the Song

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.

Listen (and free 128kbps MP3 downloads)

Click the Soundcloud download icon to download the free track for personal use. Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:

Accompaniment track:

Recording featuring vocals by Stephanie Boyd:

Accompaniment track:

Recording featuring vocals by Ben Jack and Angie Jack May:

Accompaniment track:

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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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  1. Dave Bates

    A neighbor and I performed this song today with my wife playing the violin. It was a very spiritual experience for all involved. Thank you for sharing your talents and inspiring others to do the same!

  2. Jennifer

    Thank you so much for your songs and the accompaniments! I really appreciate all you do! I would love to see even more hymn arrangements. I love to give some of these songs to my voice students. Thank you!

  3. Anna

    Thanks for this awesome arrangemnet.

  4. Ronalee Heywood

    Very beautiful! The vocalist sang so smoothly and with feeling! I felt love and peace for all of God’s children as I listened to this arrangement sung with the accompaniment! Thank you!

  5. Matthew

    I love your style, insight and the inspiration you receive to make music old music that i have loved, NEW to me. It is truly a blessing and I enjoy hearing, and performing your music. I’m singing this one today at Church.

    Thank you,

  6. Anon

    This is one of the best pieces I have ever met and I am grateful for this yet a new version, GOD bless you always

  7. Celeste

    Beautiful arrangement, thanks for yet another beautiful song!


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