Saturday, October 27, 2012

Abide With Me Always

Abide with me in the morning
I wrote these morning verses one morning when I arrived at work.

Abide with me, fast rises morning sun
The daylight brightens; Lord now help me run.
When in my path, the rocks and pitfalls be.
Oh thou my strengh, my shield abide with me.

Abide with me, without you I am lost
Though persecution comes at greatest cost
Heavenward we look, for there our treasures be
In every moment Lord, Abide with me.

Abide with me, my comforter Divine.
In all decisions, Holy Spirit shine.
Thy precious truth, like salve for sight shall be.
With all thy armor Lord, Abide with me.

Verses to the tradition hymn, 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.

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 though who changest not, 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.

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