Christ My Song - 94
O abide, abide in Jesus - Abide in Jesus
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Abide in Jesus.
1. O abide, abide in Jesus,
who for us bare griefs untold,
and himself, from pain to ease us,
suffered pangs a thousandfold;
bide with him, who still abideth
when all else shall pass away,
and as Judge supreme presideth
in that dread and awful day.
2. All is dying: hearts are breaking,
which to ours were once fast bound,
and the lips have ceased from speaking,
which once uttered such sweet sound,
and the arms are powerless lying,
which were our support and stay,
and the eyes are dim and dying,
which once watched us night and day.
3. Everything we love and cherish
hastens onward to the grave,
earthly joys and pleasure perish,
and whate'er the world e'er gave;
all is fading, all is fleeing,
earthly flames must cease to glow,
earthly beings cease from being,
earthly blossoms cease to blow.
4. Yet unchanged, while all decayeth,
Jesus stands upon the dust;
"Lean on me alone," he sayeth,
"hope and love and firmly trust!"
O abide, abide in Jesus,
who himself for ever lives,
who from death eternal frees us,
yea, who life eternal gives.