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The rock and the sand

On what are you building, my brother

Author: Henry R. Trickett
Tune: [On what are you building, my brother]
Published in 24 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 On what are you building, my brother,
Your hopes of an eternal home?
Is it loose, shifting sand, or the firm, solid rock,
You are trusting for ages to come?

Hearing and doing, we build on the rock;
Hearing alone, we build on the sand;
Both will be tried by the storm and the flood;
Only the rock the trial will stand.

2 On one or the other, my brother,
You're building your hopes day by day;
You are risking your soul on the works that you do;
Will the dark waters sweep you away? [Refrain]

3 Your Savior has warned you, my brother,
I pray you give heed to his voice;
There is life on the rock, but there's death on the sand;
O my brother, pray tell me your choice. [Refrain]

4 No matter how careful, my brother,
The sand for your house you prepare,
'Twill be all swept away when the floods shall descend,
Leaving nothing but death and despair. [Refrain]

Source: The Christian Sunday School Hymnal: a compilation of choice hymns and tunes for Sunday schools #40

Author: Henry R. Trickett

Henry Robert Tricket (sometimes called Harry Robert Tricket), born December 1839, Nottinghamshire, England; died April 1909, Keokuk, Iowa. A hymn writer, minister, and pastor/preacher/teacher from the American Restoration Movement. He spent the bulk of his time in ministry serving churches in the Disciples of Christ, one of the three branches of a movement founded by Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, and Walter Scott. The other branches include Churches of Christ and Independent Christian Churches. Most of his compositions, largely as a lyric and text writer, are found in the mid-20th century hymnals of Churches of Christ. His partnership in composing with Fred Fillmore and others through the Fillmore Brothers Publishing… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On what are you building, my brother
Title: The rock and the sand
Author: Henry R. Trickett
Refrain First Line: Hearing and doing, we build on the rock
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Cyber Hymnal #8710

Include 23 pre-1979 instances
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