Henry Francis Lyte was born June 1st, 1793 in Scotland. A graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, Lyte was a multitalented man. He was scholar, poet, musician, pastor, though illness followed him throughout his life.
Described as a “most gifted poet,” Henry F. Lyte has stirred centuries of souls with his precious lines forged of great suffering. The loss of his father as an infant and his mother a few years later left Henry orphaned at age nine. While comforting a dying clergyman, both men discovered in the scriptures their lack of hope. Together they sought and found forgiveness. Lyte would continue his life now in great peace and fervent service to his Master. After years of failing health, Pastor Lyte was beset by ailing frame, succumbing to tuberculosis. He preached his farewell message to his congregation in September of 1847 “as from a dying man.” His eyes drifted oft toward the eternal rest, penning in his final days the beloved hymn “Abide with me; fast falls the eventide.” The Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs hymnal restores the original eight stanzas from Lyte’s pen. Read on, and allow the richness of timeless words to point your heart to the Saviour.
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