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Keep Close to the Rock

This life is like a vapor That soon shall pass away

Author: F. G. Burroughs
Tune: [This life is like a vapor]
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 This life is like a vapor
That soon shall pass away,
While dangers seen and unseen
Surround our steps each day;
But when the death-knell soundeth
we will not dread the shock,
If we are ever keeping
Close to the Living-Rock.

Keep close, close, close to Christ the Rock,
for ages it has sheltered and borne every shock.
Keep close, close, close to Christ the Rock,
No harm shall e'er befall thee,
When close to the Rock.

2 Although the days are evil,
For great is Satan's sway,
His snares cannot o'er come us
While by this Rock we stay;
Hosts may encamp against us,
Our hearts shall feel no fear
If not the Rock, Christ Jesus,
We're ever keeping near. [Chorus]

3 This Rock shall be our refuge
From foes on every hand;
This rock shall be a shadow
In earth's sad, weary land;
This rock shall be our shelter
From every stormy blast;
This rock shall lead us onward
Till all life's ills are past. [Chorus]

Source: Radiant Songs: for use in meetings for Christian worship or work #53

Author: F. G. Burroughs

F. G. Burroughs was born in 1856 (nee Ophelia G. Browning) was the daughter of William Garretson Browning, a Methodist Episcopal minister, and Susan Rebecca Webb Browning. She married Thomas E. Burroughs in 1884. He died in 1904. She married Arthur Prince Adams, in 1905. He was a minister. Her poem, "Unanswered yet" which was written in 1879, was published in the The Christian Standard in 1880 with the name F. G. Browning. She also wrote under the name of Ophelia G. Adams and Mrs. T. E. Burroughs. Dianne Shapiro from The Literary Digest, July 29, 1899., The Register, Pine Plains, NY, October 24, 1884, Alumni Record of Wesleyan University, Middleton, Conn. 1921 Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: This life is like a vapor That soon shall pass away
Title: Keep Close to the Rock
Author: F. G. Burroughs
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Keep close, close, close to Christ the Rock
Copyright: Public Domain



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Radiant Songs #53

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Songs of Love and Praise No. 3 #53

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