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?

Refrain:
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: a selection of spiritual songs #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: revised for the Work and Worship of the Church Sunday School. #d184

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Songs of Glory, No.2: a collection of beautiful songs for Sunday Schools and the Family Circle #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 Sunday School Hymnal: a compilation of choice hymns and tunes for Sunday schools #40

The Congregation #d115

The Gospel Call, Part Two. Rev. #d137

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The Gospel Call: choice songs for revivals, Sunday-schools and the church #107

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The Helping Hand: extended and dedicated to Sunday schools and praise meetings #41

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The Standard Sunday School Hymnal #134

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The Voice of Joy: A Collection of New Songs for the Sunday-School #28

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