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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 22 hymnals

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

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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



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A Hymnal for Joyous Youth #d184

Christian Hymns #d224

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Christian Science Hymnal #180

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Great Songs of the Church #245

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Joy and Praise #36

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New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #668

Popular Hymns #d166

Popular Hymns Revised #d183

Popular Hymns #d184

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Songs of Glory, No.2 #8

Songs of Gratitude #d90

Standard Revival Songs, and Bible Readings #d46

The Centennial Hymnal #d304

The Children's Hallelujah #d109

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The Christian hymnal #739

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The Christian Sunday School Hymnal #40

The Congregation #d115

The Gospel Call, Part Two. Rev. #d137

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The Gospel Call #107

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The Helping Hand #41

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The Standard Sunday School Hymnal #134

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The Voice of Joy #28

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