"Abide with Me" is a well-known hymn, whose words were written by Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) just a few weeks before he died of Tuberculosis. The melody that "Abide with Me" is usually sung to is called "Eventide" which was composed by the English composer William Henry Monk (1823–1889) some years later in 1861. The hymn is well-known in many churches and has been translated into several languages. Since the words speak of comfort and consolement at times of grief, the hymn is frequently sung at funerals and events such as Remembrance Day services. The hymn was sung during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The hymn is also regularly heard in films and on television. Examples include the movies "Shane" and "28 Days Later" and on television the Doctor Who episode "Gridlock" when motorists escape from the universe's worst ever traffic jam - see our review of the album Doctor Who Series 3. More hymns can be found in our article about Church Music, and we also have articles suggesting more music suitable for Funerals and for Remembrance Day.
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