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Henry Francis Lyte (June 1, 1793 - November 20, 1847) was an Anglican divine and hymn-writer. He was born to Thomas and Anna Lyte on a farm at Ednam, near Kelso, Scotland. Thomas Lyte deserted the family shortly after making arrangements for his two oldest sons to attend Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. Anna moved to London, where both she and her youngest son soon died.

He is famous for having written the lyrics to the Christian hymn "Abide With Me", especially known for being sung before the FA Cup Final in England. Since 1927, the first verse of the hymn is traditionally sung before the kick-off of the match, at around 2.45pm BST.


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