but we truly believe that
Apart from God we are like a ship abandoned at sea,
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, abide with me!
For a hundred years these words have been sung,
or spoken, or whispered by men & women in time of need.
The words were sung while the Titanic was sinking.
In World War I, Nurse Edith Cavell
repeated the hymn as she faced the firing squad.
It has often been heard in prison camps,
and it has sounded faintly
through the wreckage
of caved-in mines.