6399. The Sure Foundation

1. There stands a rock on shores of time
That rears to Heaven its head sublime.
That rock is cleft, and they are blest
Who find within this cleft a rest.

Some build their hopes on the ever drifting sand,
Some on their fame, or their treasure, or their land;
Mine’s on a rock that forever will stand,
Jesus, the Rock of Ages.

2. That rock’s a cross, its arms outspread,
Celestial glory bathes its head;
To its firm base my all I bring,
And to the Rock of Ages cling. [Refrain]

3. That rock’s a tower, whose lofty height,
Illumed with Heaven’s unclouded light,
Opes wide its gate beneath the dome
Where saints find rest with Christ at home. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: There stands a rock on shores of time
Title: The Sure Foundation
Author: Tullius C. O'Kane (1872)
Refrain First Line: Some build their hopes on the ever drifting sand
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: The words first appeared in the Sunday School Journal in 1871. It is unclear if O'Kane was the original author, but he wrote the refrain and music in 1872.
Tune Information
Name: [There stands a rock on shores of time]
Composer: Tullius Clinton O'Kane (1872)
Incipit: 33432 11216 51123
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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