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Oh, Build upon the Rock!

Where hast thou built thine house

Author: George F. Root
Tune: [Where hast thou built thine house]
Published in 1 hymnal

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Where hast thou built thine house,
Thy soul's eternal dwelling?
Upon the treach'rous sands of sin,
'Mid floods and tempests swelling?

Oh, build upon the Rock—
The only sure foundation;
On Christ alone the Cornerstone,
The Rock of our salvation!

2 What wilt thou do when storms
Upon thy house are beating?
When from beneath, the treach'rous sands
That held thee are retreating? [Chorus]

3 Wait not until the floods
With final shock appalling,
Shall come — and thou canst never save
Thy ruined house from falling. [Chorus]

Source: Sacred Songs and Solos: with standard hymns, combined: 750 pieces #582

Author: George F. Root

Root, George F., MUS. DOC, born in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Mass., Aug. 30, 1820. He is much more widely known as a composer of popular music than as a hymn writer. Four of his hymns are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878. Nos. 16, 100, 293, and 297. A sympathetic biographical sketch, with portrait, is in The Tonic Sol-Fa Reporter, Sep. 1886. He died Aug. 6, 1895. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Where hast thou built thine house
Title: Oh, Build upon the Rock!
Author: George F. Root
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Oh, build upon the Rock
Copyright: Public Domain


Sacred Songs and Solos: with standard hymns, combined: 750 pieces #582


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