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 Rock of Ages, cleft for me... (unabridged)


"And that rock was Christ" (1 Corinthians 10:4


[b]Rock of Ages, cleft for me...[/b]

ROCK of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From thy riv'n side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

NOT the labor of my hands
Can fulfill the law's demans;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and thou alone.

NOTHING in my hand I bring,
Simply to thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to thee for dress;
Helpless, look to thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.

WHILE I draw this fleeting breath,
When my heart-strings break in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See thee on thy Judgement-throne,
Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee.



[i]NOTE: this was taken from an 1881 hymnal "A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs."[/i]


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SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2005/8/22 11:12Profile









 Re: Rock of Ages, cleft for me... (unabridged)

This is a great old hymn. I'm fascinated by the 'heart-strings' - because they do exist - but how amazing to find them here!


[b]WHILE I draw this fleeting breath,
When my heart-strings break in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See thee on thy Judgement-throne,
Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee[/b].



Quote:
Words: Au­gus­tus M. Top­la­dy, 1776.

An un­sub­stan­ti­at­ed sto­ry says the lyr­ics were in­spired when Top­la­dy took shel­ter from a storm un­der a rocky over­hang near Eng­land’s Ched­dar Gorge; he re­port­ed­ly wrote the words on a play­ing card.

[i](Cyberhymnal)[/i]



[url=http://www.cyberhymnal.org/mid/t/o/toplady.mid]http://www.cyberhymnal.org/mid/t/o/toplady.mid[/url]

[url=http://www.cyberhymnal.org/mid/r/e/d/redhead.mid]http://www.cyberhymnal.org/mid/r/e/d/redhead.mid[/url]

 2005/8/23 16:46





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