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Poems Every Child Should Know by  Mary E. Burt

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ABIDE WITH ME

"Abide With Me" (Henry Francis Lyte, 1793-1847) appeals to our natural longing for the unchanging and to our love of security.

Abide with me! fast falls the eventide;

The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide!

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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!


HENRY FRANCIS LYTE.


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