This week’s hymn is particularly appropriate for the First Sunday in Lent. Based on the Gospel account of Jesus’ temptations, it was written by Claudia Hernaman as a children’s hymn, and first published in 1873. The hymn’s first appearance in a British Methodist hymnal was in Hymns and Psalms.
Here are the words as originally published, including the fifth verse omitted from Hymns and Psalms:
Lord, who throughout these forty days
for us didst fast and pray,
teach us with thee to mourn our sins,
and close by thee to stay.
As thou with Satan didst contend
and didst the victory win,
O give us strength in thee to fight,
in thee to conquer sin.
As thou didst hunger bear and thirst,
so teach us, gracious Lord,
to die to self, and chiefly live
by thy most holy word.
And through these days of penitence,
and through thy Passiontide,
yea, evermore, in life and death,
Jesus! with us abide.
Abide with us, that so, this life
of suffering over-past,
an Easter of unending joy
we may attain at last!
Claudia F. Hernaman (1838-1898)
[Source: Companion to Hymns and Psalms]