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The Song of Life

A little, artless, laughing child

Author: L. M. Wise
Tune: [A little, artless, laughing child]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 A little, artless, laughing child,
With blue eyes beaming soft and mild,
While plucking daisies where they grew,
Still bathed in morning’s pearly dew,
Sang with a heart so pure and free,
“Rock of Ages, cleft for me.”

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

2 A sturdy youth with cheeks aglow,
Whose destiny no man can know,
As he with step elastic, light,
Ascended up life’s rugged height,
Sang like the songbirds in the tree,
“Rock of Ages, cleft for me.” [Refrain]

3 A man by worldly cares oppressed,
With sorrow rankling in his breast,
Went forth in prayer-like attitude,
To serve his God, as best he could,
Sang as he viewed life’s troubled sea,
“Rock of Ages, cleft for me.” [Refrain]

4 An aged mother, bowed and bent,
Whose sands of life were nearly spent,
Sang thro’ her tears of joy and grief,
A song that gave her sweet relief.
Strange that her song the same should be,
“Rock of Ages, cleft for me.” [Refrain]

Source: Crowning Day No. 4 #192

Author: L. M. Wise

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Text Information

First Line: A little, artless, laughing child
Title: The Song of Life
Author: L. M. Wise
Refrain First Line: Rock of Ages, cleft for me
Publication Date: 1900
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.