Praise the Rock of our salvation, Laud His name from zone to zone

Representative Text

1 Praise the Rock of our salvation,
Laud His name from zone to zone;
On that rock the Church is builded,
Christ himself the corner-stone;
Vain against our rock-built Zion
Winds and waters, fire and hail;
Christ is in her midst; against her
Sin and hell shall not prevail.

2 Built of living stones, cemented
By the Spirit's unity,
Based on prophets and apostles,
Firm in faith and stayed on Thee,
May Thy Church, O Lord Incarnate,
Grow in grace, in peace, in love;
Emblem of the heavenly Zion,
The Jerusalem above.

3 Where Thou reignest, King of Glory,
Throned in everlasting light,
Midst Thy saints, no more is needed
Sun by day, nor moon by night:
Soon may we those portals enter
When this earthly strife is o'er;
There to dwell with saints and angels,
In Thy presence evermore.

Source: The Lutheran Hymnary #77

Author: Benjamin Webb

Benjamin Webb (b. London, England, 1819; d. Marylebone, London, 1885) originally translated the text in eight stanzas, although six only appear in Lift Up Your Hearts. It was published in The Hymnal Noted (1852), produced by his friend John Mason Neale. Webb received his education at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, and became a priest in the Church of England in 1843. Among the parishes he served was St. Andrews, Wells Street, London, where he worked from 1862 to 1881. Webb's years there coincided with the service of the talented choir director and organist Joseph Barnby, and the church became known for its excellent music program. Webb edited The Ecclesiologist, a periodi­cal of the Cambridge Ecclesiological Society (1842-1868). A co… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Praise the Rock of our salvation, Laud His name from zone to zone
Author: Benjamin Webb
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




BETHANY, named after the village near Jerusalem, is a suitably dramatic tune for the song text. It was composed by Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-k…

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Christian Hymnal #d390

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Gloria in Excelsis #d556

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #616

Hymnal of the Evangelical Church. Word ed. #d612

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #830

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Many Voices; or, Carmina Sanctorum, Evangelistic Edition with Tunes #441

Mennonite Brethren Church Hymnal #165

Mennonite Hymn Book #d283

Processional Hymns, for Use in the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, New York #d41

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The Book of Common Praise #426

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The Book of Worship #239

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The Church Hymnary #694

The Evangelical Hymn and Tune Book #d600

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The Evangelical Hymnal #436

The Hymns for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations #d403

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The Lutheran Hymnary #77

The People's Praise Book or Carmina Sanctorum #d496

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The Westminster Abbey Hymn-Book #270

Treasure Songs for Schools and Churches #d180

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