Abide With Us, The Day Is Waning   3 comments


Above:  Night, Between 1910 and 1920

Publisher and Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-D4-72241

Original Danish Words (1834) by Casper Johannes Boye (1791-1853)

English Translation (1909) by the Reverend Oluf Hanson Smeby (1851-1929)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage



1.  Abide with us, the day is waning,

Thus prayed the two while on the way;

We read that Thou, O Lord, remaining,

Didst all their doubts and fears allay.

Incline Thine ear, Thou King of grace,

When praying thus, we seek Thy face.

2.  At eventide, Thy Spirit sending,

Help us, O Lord, our watch to keep,

In prayer devout, before Thee bending,

Ere our eyelids in sleep,

Confessing sin in deed and word,

With hope of mercy from the Lord.

3.  Abide with us, with heav’nly gladness

Illumine, Lord, our darkest day;

And when we weep in pain and sadness

Be Thou our solace, strength and stay;

Tell of Thy woe, Thy vict’ry won,

When Thou didst pray:  God’s will be done.

4.  Abide with us, O Savior tender,

That bitter day when life shall end,

When to the grave we must surrender,

And fear and pain our hearts shall rend;

The shield of faith do Thou bestow,

When trembling we must meet the foe.

5.  When earthly help no more availeth,

To sup with us Thou wilt be night;

Thou givest strength that never faileth,

In Thee we grave and death defy:

While earth is fading from our sight,

Our eyes behold the realms of light.

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