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Monk : Abide with Me
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Abide with Me

Monk, William Henry (1823-1889)

The beautiful Christian hymn Abide With Me for choir SATB (Easy)!   

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Includes : One score (1 page)

Difficulty level : Grade 2/12

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This beautiful hymn Abide With Me is sung by Christians all over the world in times of sorrow and deep distress.

The lyrics of this famous hymn were written in 1847 by Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847), an English pastor, poet and musician, only a few weeks before he died from tuberculosis. He was inspired by Saint Luke's account of Christ's appearance with His two disciples on the way to Emmaus : They urged Him strongly : Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over. (Luke 24:29).

The music was composed by William Henry Monk, music editor of the famous Anglican Church hymnal Hymns Ancient and Modern, and it was included in the first edition of that hymnal in 1861.

Mrs. Monk has described in her own words the context : This tune was written at a time of great sorrow - when together we watched, as we did daily, the glories of the setting sun. As the last golden ray faded, he took some paper and penciled that tune which has gone all over the earth.

This score is the complete version of Abide With Me for choir SATB.

It is set in the key of E flat Major.

For your greater enjoyment, this sheet music includes the complete lyrics in English (five verses).

Editor's note : in measure 7, fourth beat, tenor voice, some editions show an F; however, the original clearly has an E flat.

Words : Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847), 1847.
Music : William Henry Monk, Eventide (1861).

Meter : 10 10 10 10.

Sources :

William Henry Monk (1823-1889), Hymns and Church Music.

Associated collections :

Hymns & Praise Songs for Choir SATB (Easy)    

Sheet music details :


(Eventide - from Hymns Ancient and Modern)
ComposerMonk, William Henry (1823-1889) Opus/catalog numberHymns
MovementsHymn Composition/First publication19th century
InstrumentationChoir SATB StyleHymns & Worship
KeyE flat Major Duration00:56
EditionEdited by M.A. Caux DifficultyGrade 2/12

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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 thou 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 not 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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