Hymn – Rock of ages – Lyrics
Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfil Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the 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 mine eyes shall close in death, [originally When my eye-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.
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- Tune: Petra
- Meter: 77 77 77
- Style: Victorian Hymn
- Composer: Richard Redhead (1820 – 1901)
- Lyricist: Augustus Montague Toplady (1740 – 1778)
- Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
- Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.