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The Riven Rock

Behold the rock, the smitten rock

Author: Mary D. James
Tune: [Behold the Rock, the smitten rock]
Published in 5 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Behold the Rock, the smitten rock!
Within its rifted side
I’ve found a blessed refuge, where
I may securely hide.

O, the Rock, the Rock, the riven Rock!
My Saviour crucified;
No other shelter is secure
But Jesus’ wounded side.

2 Tho’ thund’ring Sinai’s terrors sound
Appalling to the ear,
Concealed within the cleft, I’m safe:
No danger will I fear. [Chorus]

3 Jesus, dear refuge of my soul!
My hope, my joy, my rest;
Confiding in Thy changeless love,
I am supremely blest. [Chorus]

4 My peace, unbroken by life’s storms,
While I in Christ abide,
My spirit rests in sweetest calm,
As in the Cleft I hide. [Chorus]

Source: Gospel Praise Book.: a collection of choice gems of sacred song suitable for church service, gospel praise meetings, and family devotions. (Complete ed.) #3

Author: Mary D. James

Born: August 10, 1810, Trenton, New Jersey. Died: October 4, 1883, New York City. Buried: Mercer Cemetery, Trenton, New Jersey. When she was 13 years old, James began teaching Sunday school in the Methodist Episcopal church. She became a prominent figure in the Wesleyan Holiness movement, assisting Phoebe Palmer, and often leading meetings at Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and elsewhere. She wrote about 50 hymns, and articles by her appeared in the Guide to Holiness, the New York Christian Advocate, The Contributor, The Christian Witness, The Christian Woman, The Christian Standard, and the Ocean Grove Record. Her works include: The Soul Winner: A Sketch of Life and Fact and Incidents in the Life and Labors of Edmund J. Yard, 1883… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Behold the rock, the smitten rock
Title: The Riven Rock
Author: Mary D. James
Refrain First Line: O, the rock, the rock the riven rock



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Temperance Glee Book. Enlarged ed. #d4

The Dominion Hymnal #d21

The Gem of Gems #d19

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Gospel Praise Book. #3

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Gospel Praise Book #3

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