Abide With Me

Beyond the Sunset (1964) version

Author: Henry F. Lyte (lyrics), William H. Monk (music).
Copyright: Public Domain.
Albums: Beyond the Sunset (1964)

1. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide
When other helpers fail and comfort me
Help of the helpless, O abide with me

2. I need Thy presence every passing day*
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my Guide and Stay can be?
Thro’ clouds and sunshine, O abide with me

(* Note: The text of the hymn actually reads “hour,” rhyming with “pow’r” in the next line. It is believed Clark made a mistake here that was not caught before the album went off to production.)

Voices in Praise Acapella (1983) version

Author: Henry F. Lyte (lyrics), William H. Monk (music).
Copyright: Public Domain.
Albums: Voices in Praise / A Capella (1983)

1. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide
When other helpers fail and comfort me
Help of the helpless, O abide with me

(Narration)
Lord, I need Thy presence every passing hour
Nothing but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power
Who like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O, Lord, abide with me

Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me