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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.

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 bide 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.

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 no 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.

 

Henry Francis Lyte on this date,9/4/1847, preached last sermon.  He was a Church of England pastor to poor fishermen (All Saints Church) inDevonshire,England.

 

Lyte penned the words to hymn, “Abide With Me.”  The hymn was sung at the wed­ding of King George VI, at the wed­ding of his daugh­ter, the fu­ture Queen Eliz­a­beth II.

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He…that hath his portion first must needs have a time to spend it; he that hath his portion last must have it lastingly.  Ch.2

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 22.

 

To back is nothing but death; to go forward is fear of death and life everlasting beyond it; I will yet go forward. Ch.3  

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 26.

 

The end of the world is compared to our harvest; and you  know men at harvest regard nothing but fruit. Ch.5

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 42.

 

…According to the strength or weakness of his faith in his Saviour so is his joy and peace so is his love to holiness so are his desires to know Him more and also to serve Him in this world. Ch.5

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 43.

 

John Bunyan on this date 8/18/1688, preached his last sermon in London.  Bunyan gave the world one of its greatest books (perhaps 2nd only to the Bible).  John was born in November 1628 at Elstow, near Bedford, England.

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