EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. PLEASE STAY WITH ME, SUNSET SOON HAPPEN.
SKY DARK"by degress". LORD, STAY WITH ME.
OTHERS TRY HELP BUT FAIL+, AND MY COMFORT GONE.
YOU-rt HELP PEOPLE WEAK, SO PLEASE STAY WITH ME.
2. (some omit) OUR LIFE LIKE DAY, COME-TO-END WILL.
HAPPY HERE WORLD SHUT-DOWN"step by step", GLORY DISSOLVE.
EVERY PLACE ME LOOK, CHANGE++, DECAY.
BUT YOU-rt CHANGE NOT. STAY WITH ME.
3. (some omit) SEE YOU-rt SOON, CONVERSE SMALL, DON'T-MEAN-TO-SAY.
REALLY-WANT LIVE WITH YOU-rt LIKE YOUR-rt DISCIPLES, LORD.
FAMILIAR, LOOK-DOWN, PATIENT, FREE.
DON'T COME VISIT, LEAVE, BUT STAY WITH ME.
4. (some omit) DON'T COME, PEOPLE SCARED KING SUPREME.
COME KIND AND GOOD. YOUR-rt WINGS CAUSE HEAL.
CRY ABOUT SAD"over time", TOUCHED WHILE WE BEG.
COME, SINNER FRIEND. STAY WITH ME.
5. (some omit) USED-TO-BE YOUNG, YOU-rt SMILE TO ME.
SOMETIMES ME alt.REBEL, THINK-WARPED,
ME TRY DISCONNECT, BUT YOU-rt NOT.
YOU-rt STAY CLOSE, LORD, PLEASE CONTINUE.
6. EVERY HOUR ME NEED YOU-rt CLOSE.
ONLY YOUR-rt GRACE CAN OVERCOME DEVIL POWER.
WHO GUIDE, SUPPORT EQUAL YOURSELF-rt?
HAPPEN CLOUD, HAPPEN SUNSHINE, LORD STAY WITH ME.
7. ME NOT NEED FEAR. WHY? YOU-rt WILLING BLESS.
TROUBLE IMPACT NOT. TEARS FEEL BITTER NOT.
DEATH, TROUBLE NONE. GRACE CONQUER-me CAN'T.
ME WIN STILL, IF YOU-rt STAY WITH ME.
8. YOUR-lf CROSS HOLD-UP, WHILE ME CLOSE-EYES.
SHINE-DOWN THROUGH DARK SKY, ME LOOK-UP-TO HEAVEN.
IDEA-LIKE SUNRISE, EARTH BLACK SHAPE DISSOLVE.
HAPPEN LIVE, HAPPEN DIE, LORD STAY WITH ME.
Notes: ME - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
DARK"by degress" - Sign descend with sudden starts and stops.
COME-TO-END - The sign END starts from above the elbow and DH hands wg as it moves down to the FTs and descends.
SHUT-DOWN"step by step" - (2h)[5^], POs away, FOs up, close with stops and starts to (2h)[O^].
GLORY - (2h), POs ><, FOs away from signer, DH which is on top wiggles fingers while ascending. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Glory.
DECAY - (2h)[A dot], palms facing, FOs away, hands descend in a wavy pattern.
CONVERSE - (2h), POs ><, FOs up, move to and from from mouth.
DON'T-MEAN-TO-SAY - , PO > NDS, FO up, - brought to mouth with pl.
REALLY-WANT - WANT but shaken back and forth to show intensity.
DISCIPLES - D-FOLLOW.
FAMILIAR - Drum FT of  on temple.
DON'T - (2h)[B], POs down, cross at wrists, then uncross moving horizontally and emphatically. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - don't.
SUPREME - (2h)[A], FOs away, DH starts below NDH and arcs around it until it is on top.
KIND - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs away, NDH is held close to heart and DH circles around it.
WINGS - (2h)[B] cross hands at wrist and move like flapping wings.
CAUSE - (2h)[S] are held at the chest as if holding a rope and move forward while opening to (2h). For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - cause.
TOUCHED - Middle finger of [open 8] strikes heart.
SINNER - (2h)[X] touch their respective sides of the mouth, descend to neutral space and circle antisymmetrically parallel to the chest + AGENT. For an animated gif of the fist sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Sin.
THINK-WARPED - Touch temple with index of , then place [B] so that its ulnar side (where the pinky is) touches the upturned palm of NDH [B] parallel to its fingers and bend the DH fingers 90 degrees.
GRACE - [O^] or [S], held high and PO > Heaven, supinates and opens to  while being brought towards head. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Grace.
CLOUD - (2h)[5:] move like MIX but high and moving from NDS to DS.
BLESS - (2h)[O^], POs ><, held at mouth. Hands are brought downwards while opening to (2h). For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Bless.
IMPACT - HIT.
TEARS - (2h)[X] scratches downward slightly on face under eyes.
CROSS - [C], PO away, FO up, traces cross by moving down, then across.
HOLD-UP - Mime holding up with object with the appropriate handshape you would use to grasp it.
IDEA-LIKE - A blending where IDEA has a [Y] instead of an [I] in anticipation of LIKE which is signed smoothly right afterwards.
1. 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, O abide with me.
2. (some omit) Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
3. (some omit) Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word;
But as Thou dwell’st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.
4. (some omit) Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings,
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea—
Come, Friend of sinners, and thus bide with me.
5. (some omit) Thou on my head in early youth didst smile;
And, though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee,
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.
6. I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
7. I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
8. Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
To hear the music (without words), go to Abide with me.
To see another translation of this hymn performed, go to Abide with me!