History of Hymns

Abide with Me 'Tis Eventide

Episode 21


Martin Lowrie Hofford, who wrote the lyrics for this hymn, was born January 27, 1825, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Harrison Millard, writer of the music, was mature enough in voice at age ten to perform in the chorus of the Handel and Haydn society, where he sang as an alto. Both the words and the music were written in the years after the U.S. Civil War.