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Abide With Me
~ 1861 ~ 


Words: Henry F. Lyte, 1847 - Music ("Eventide"): Wm. H. Monk, 1861
Arr: Merv Rowley/Ruth Randle, 2013

Born on June 1, 1793, Henry Francis Lyte was a Scottish hymn writer. His father – described as a “ne-er do well” deserted the family to do more interesting things – like fishing and shooting. His mother moved the family to London, where both she and Henry’s youngest brother died. Henry was attending Portora Royal School in Enniskillen at the time, and was effectively adopted by the Headmaster, Dr Robert Burrowes. He grew up to take holy orders in the Scottish Anglican Church, and to write hymns.  

This month’s free tab is the hymn Abide With Me, written just weeks before Henry died of tuberculosis in 1847. He did write music for it, but it is usually sung today to the tune Eventide - composed by William Henry Monk in 1861. 

It is used today in religious and in military services of many countries. It has been an influence on music like Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 9. It is sung at sports events, including the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. It has been used in films and on television.  

You can find many renditions of it on YouTube by vocalists and bands worldwide, (see links below)  including the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and bands in India.

Your 1-3-5 Team


Download files: 

Abide With Me.pdf

Abide With Me.tef

Abide With Me.mid

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Several renditions of Abide With Me:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_2RSuNYtBo (DO listen to this one!)




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