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140                           FAVORITE SONGS FOR SCHOOL AND HOME.
Probably no hymn of recent origin has become a greater favorite than " Abide with me ; fast falls the eventide." Several years ago, the Rev. James King, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, in England, collected and colla­ted fifty-two representative hymnals used in various branches and by the various parties in the Church of England at home and abroad, and all of them pub­lished between 1863 and 1885. These he regarded as a committee, each member of which could, as it were, give one vote for each approved hymn. Thus,
if a hymn was found In fifteen bymnalsL then It was credited with filteen votes or marks of approval; if found in twenty hymnals, twenty marks; and so on. The hymns thus found to rank highest were, AH praise to Thee, my God, this night, Hark 1 the herald angels sing, Lo! He comes with clouds descending, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, each of which received fifty-one marks. Then comes Abide with Me, with forty-nine marks, followed by Awake, my soul, and with the sun, Jerusalem the golden, Jesus, lover of my soul, Sun of
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any soul, Thou Saviour dear, and When I survey the wondrous Cross, with an equal number of marks. Of the origin of Abide with Me, Mr. King gives the fol­lowing interesting account: " This well-known hymn was composed by Henry Francis Lyte.born in 1793, at Ednam, near Kelso, the birthplace of James Thomson, author of The Seasons. He took holy orders, and in 1823, when thirty years of age, was appointed perpetu­al curate of Lower Brixham, Devon, where for about a quarter of a century he labored amongst the warm-
hearted, rough seafaring population. In the autumn of 1847 his increasing weakness demanded change and repose, and his medical advisers accordingly urged him to pass the coming winter in a more genial clime. Be­fore taking his journey he made an effort to address his flock once more, and with a wasted frame and hectic flush he spoke with deep earnestness. His subject was the Holy Communio , and he impressed upon his peo­ple the vital imports ce of close communion with the Saviour: 'O, brethr n, I stand here among you to.
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