14 May

“Abide with me” was sung in church this morning. “There must be a story associated with this hymn,” Vlad said, but no-one knew what it was. However, does: “…a well-known Christian hymn composed by Henry Francis Lyte in 1847… Lyte wrote the words to his poem while he lay dying from Tuberculosis, and lived only 3 weeks after its completion.” See also Cyber Hymnal, which gives some stanzas not usually sung:

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word;
But as Thou dwell’st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings,
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea—
Come, Friend of sinners, and thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile;
And, though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee,
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

The service finished with Graham Kendrick’s 1993 hymn “Beauty for brokenness”.

Refuge from cruel wars
Havens from fear
Cities for sanctuary
Freedoms to share
Peace to the killing-fields
Scorched earth to green
Christ for the bitterness
His cross for the pain

Rest for the ravaged earth
Oceans and streams
Plundered and poisoned
Our future, our dreams
Lord, end our madness
Carelessness, greed
Make us content with
The things that we need

Lighten our darkness
Breathe on this flame
Until your justice
Burns brightly again
Until the nations
Learn of your ways
Seek your salvation
And bring you their praise.

[Graham Kendrick, Copyright © 1993 Make Way Music,]

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One response to “Hymns

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    May 14, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    On those “extra” verses: I think you will find the word “condescending” is not being used pejoratively by Lyte; otherwise it could indeed jar, a little.

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