Thursday, May 3, 2012

Abide with me...

We all have our favourite songs and hymns. It can lift you up and comfort you. There are some songs which can make one cry with it's verses and it's redition. Below is one such song and I cannot help crying each time I hear it. Maybe it is age which is taking it's toll :). It may sound a little sad and is also sung during funerals. But somehow, it also comforts while one travels the never so smooth road of life.

It's Malayalam version is sung during most evening prayers. It was sung almost daily at my maternal grand parent's place. I loved the way King's College Choir - Cambridge sung this song.

"Abide with Me" is a Christian hymn written by Scottish Anglican Henry Francis Lyte.

He wrote it in 1847 while he lay dying from tuberculosis; he survived only a further three weeks after its completion.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless; ills have no weight, and tears not bitterness. Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

5. 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.


  1. What is the Malayalam version?

  2. Anil: It is " Koodeparkam, neram vaykunnitha..."

    1. Peace profound is what you are at all times, whether waking, dreaming or sleeping. You constitute the solution to all these temporary, evanescent little vexations that go to make up this world. You may not be able to change the world, but you can always be your Self! It is the simplest of things. It is as simple as it is for a rainbow to be colourful, for honey to be sweet or for music to be melodious-for it is your inherent nature.

      Uptake: Thanks for the link...

  3. I do not remember hearing these lines. But when it comes to the most heart felt of all odes or lyrics , I would vote for the film song written by P.Bhaskaran and rendered by Janaki,"Lokam muzhuvan sugam pakaranai sneha deepamey mizhi thurakku.... "( a rough similar to ,"lead kindly light...")

    1. That is a good song... they lift up your soul..


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