Listen to the beginner piano arrangement of Abide With Me.
Abide with Me is a hymn by Scottish Anglican Henry Francis Lyte, most often sung to William Henry Monk’s tune “Eventide.”
Lyte wrote the poem in 1847 and set it to music while he lay dying from tuberculosis; he survived only a further three weeks after its completion.
The hymn is a prayer for God to remain present with the speaker throughout life, through trials, and through death. The opening line alludes to Luke 24:29, “Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.”