Abide with Us, the Day Is Waning

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1 Abide with us, the day is waning;
Thus prayed the two while on the way.
We read that Thou, 0 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, 0 Lord, our watch to keep,
In prayer devout, before Thee bending,
Ere our eyelids close 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, 0 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 nigh;
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.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #563

Author: Kaspar Johannes Boye

Caspar Johannes Boye was born in Kongsberg, Norway in 1791. He studied both law and theology at the University of Copenhagen, became a teacher and later served as rector in Søllerød, Helsingørand and Copenhagen. He died in 1853. See also in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

Translator: Oluf H. Smeby

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First Line: Abide with us, the day is waning
Title: Abide with Us, the Day Is Waning
Danish Title: Bliv hos os, Mester, Dagen helder
Author: Kaspar Johannes Boye
Translator: Oluf H. Smeby
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Published in 1657 (see above) WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT is also known as NEUMARK. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used the tune in its isorhythmic shape (all equal rhythms) in his cantatas 21, 27, 84, 88, 93, 166, 179, and 197. Many Lutheran composers have also written organ preludes on this tune. WER NUR DEN…

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