Today sees the final of football’s FA Cup in England, played at Wembley Stadium in London. ‘Abide With Me’ is the hymn traditionally sung in the stadium before the game.
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, oh, 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 changeth not, abide with me!
I need Thy presence every passing hour:
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, oh, abide with me!
I fear not foe with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? where, grace, 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
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!
— Henry F. Lyte