The Rock that is higher than I

O sometimes the shadows are deep

Author: Erastus Johnson
Tune: [O sometimes the shadows are deep] (Fischer)
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1 O sometimes the shadows are deep,
And rough seems the path to the goal,
And sorrows, sometimes how they sweep
Like tempests down over the soul!

O then to the Rock let me fly,
To the Rock that is higher than I;
O then to the Rock let me fly
To the Rock that is higher than I!

2 O sometimes how long seems the day,
And sometimes how weary my feet;
But toiling in life's dusty way,
The Rock's blessed shadow, how sweet! (Chorus)

3 O near to the Rock let me keep,
If blessings or sorrow prevail;
Or climbing the mountain way steep,
Or walking the shadowy vale. (Chorus)

Source: Hymns of Faith #387

Author: Erastus Johnson

Born: April 20, 1826, in a logging camp on the west bank of the Penobscot River in Township No. 2 (about 60 miles upriver from Bangor, Maine). Died: June 16, 1909, Waltham, Massachusetts. Buried: Jackson Corner Cemetery, Jackson, Maine. Erastus was the third of 13 children of Cyrus and Hepzibah Hunt Page Johnson. At age 17, he became a school teacher in Machias, Maine. At 26, he sailed on the Gold Hunter to join some of his brothers in the California Gold Rush; he remained in the San Francisco area for about eight years. Moving to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1860, he stayed there 24 years, working in the oil business. He then moved to Jackson, Maine; to Washington state; and lastly to Waltham, Massachusetts.… Go to person page >

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First Line: O sometimes the shadows are deep
Title: The Rock that is higher than I
Author: Erastus Johnson
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O then to the Rock let me fly



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