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Abide With Me

Abide With Me. Hymn, words written by Rev. Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847) in 1820 after attending death-bed of friend at Pole Hore, near Wexford, and first pubd. in Lyte's Remains (1850). Tune, ‘Eventide’, comp. by org. William Henry Monk (1823–89) for these words for Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861). Descant by Vaughan Williams in Songs of Praise (1925). Among most popular hymns, nowadays particularly assoc. with FA Cup Final at Wembley where crowd sing it, movingly if incongruously, before teams come on to the pitch.

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