Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear,
it is not night if Thou be near;
Oh, may no earth-born cloud arise,
to hide Thee from Thy servant’s eyes.
When the soft dews of kindly sleep
my weary eyelids gently steep,
be my last thought—how sweet to rest
forever on my Savior’s breast!
Abide with me from morn till eve,
for without Thee I cannot live;
abide with me when night is nigh,
for without Thee I dare not die.
Be near to bless me when I wake
ere through the world our way I take;
abide with me till in Thy love
I lose myself in heaven above.
–John Keble, 1820
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Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.