438. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

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1 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,
cleanse from guilt and make me pure.

2 Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill 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.

3 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, Savior, or I die.

4 While I draw this fleeting breath,
when my eyelids close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

Text Information
First Line: Rock of Ages, cleft for me
Title: Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
Author: Augustus M. Toplady (1776, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Atonement; Death; Forgiveness (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Thomas Hastings (1830, alt.)
Key: B♭ Major

Text Information:

Though scholars discredit the story that this hymn was written when the author found shelter under a large rock during a thunderstorm, the popular appeal of that conjecture perhaps lies in the energy of this plea and the vividness of its imagery drawn from many biblical sources.

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