Scripture Verse

He that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us. 1 John 3:24


Harriet B. Stowe (1812–1896)

Words: Har­ri­et B. Stowe, in the Ply­mouth Col­lect­ion of Hymns and Tunes, by her bro­ther, Hen­ry W. Beech­er (New York: A. S. Barnes, 1855).

Music: Cu­ba Tem­pli Car­mi­na, by George Kings­ley (North­amp­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: 1853) (🔊 pdf nwc).


Abide in me,
O Lord, and I in Thee,
From this good hour, oh,
Leave me ne­ver­more;
Then shall the dis­cord cease,
The wound be heal­èd,
The life­long bleed­ing
Of the soul be o’er.

Abide in me;
O’ershadow by Thy love
Each half formed pur­pose
And dark thought of sin;
Quench ere it rise
Each self­ish, low de­sire,
And keep my soul as
Thine, calm and di­vine.

As some rare per­fume
In a vase of clay,
Pervades it with
A frag­rance not its own,
So, when Thou dwell­est
In a mor­tal soul,
All Heav’n’s own sweet­ness
Seems around it thrown.

Abide in me;
There have been mo­ments blest
When I have heard Thy voice
And felt Thy pow­er;
Then ev­il lost its grasp;
And pass­ion, hushed,
Owned the di­vine
Enchantment of the hour.

These were but sea­sons
Beautiful and rare;
Abide in me,
And they shall ev­er be;
Fulfill at once
Thy pre­cept and my pray­er,
Come, and abide
In me, and I in Thee.