Founded on the Rock

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1. On the Rock of Ages founded,
Safe retreat for souls oppressed;
Long in desert wilds I wandered,
Here at last I found my rest.

Chorus:
Rock of Ages! Rock of Ages!
How secure on thee we stand;
Rock of Ages! Rock of Ages!
Save us from the sinking sand.

2. On the Rock of Ages founded,
'Mid the storms and wrecks of time;
On this Rock now safely standing,
Great Redeemer, thou art mine. [Chorus]

3. On the Rock of Ages founded,
Here my house securely stands;
Would you have a sure foundation?
Do not build upon the sands. [Chorus]

Source: Carols of Hope: a compilation of select sacred songs for use in Sunday schools, praise and young people's services #39

Author: F. D. Barnes

Barnes, Franklin D. (Barre, Vermont, 1837--June 5, 1916, Worcester, Massachusetts). When 12, his family moved to Colbrook, Mass. There, in addition to a public school education, he became proficient on the violin. In 1858, he settled in Worcester, Mass. After visiting several different churches, he was baptized in a stream at Lincoln Square in January, 1859, through the ice, after which he walked a half mile with the minister before they could change out of their wet clothing. For more than forty years, he served the Advent Christian Church in Worcester as deacon and song-leader. He was superintendent of their Sunday School from 1875 to 1900. In addition to his musical talent, he was also a successful artist. He composed 70 or more hymns… Go to person page >

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First Line: On the Rock of ages founded
Title: Founded on the Rock
Author: F. D. Barnes
Refrain First Line: Rock of ages, Rock of ages
Copyright: Public Domain

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