Building on the Rock

Are you building on the rock, high above the sandy beach

Author: Jessie Brown Pounds
Tune: [Are you building on the Rock] (J. H. Fillmore)
Published in 12 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Are you building on the Rock,
High above the sandy beach,
Where no sudden wave can shock,
Where no beating tide can reach?

Are you hearing and obeying?
Are you working, watching, praying?
Tell me, does your dwelling stand
On the rock, or on the sand?

2 Like the tides years come and go;
Tell me, are you very sure
That they will not overthrow
Much that seemed at first secure? [Refrain]

3 Lay with patience, faith and pray’r
Your foundations, deep and wide;
Build thereon with watchful care,
Far above the angry tide. [Refrain]

Source: Hymns for Today: for Sunday Schools, Young People's Societies, The Church, The Home, Community Welfare Associations, and Patriotic Meetings #59

Author: Jessie Brown Pounds

Jessie Brown Pounds was born in Hiram, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland on 31 August 1861. She was not in good health when she was a child so she was taught at home. She began to write verses for the Cleveland newspapers and religious weeklies when she was fifteen. After an editor of a collection of her verses noted that some of them would be well suited for church or Sunday School hymns, J. H. Fillmore wrote to her asking her to write some hymns for a book he was publishing. She then regularly wrote hymns for Fillmore Brothers. She worked as an editor with Standard Publishing Company in Cincinnati from 1885 to 1896, when she married Rev. John E. Pounds, who at that time was a pastor of the Central Christian Church in Indianapolis. A memorab… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Are you building on the rock, high above the sandy beach
Title: Building on the Rock
Author: Jessie Brown Pounds
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Are you hearing and obeying
Copyright: Public Domain



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