[There is a rock in a weary land]

[There is a rock in a weary land]

Composer: W. E. Penn (1887)
Published in 18 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Composer: W. E. Penn

Penn, William Evander. (Near village of Old Jefferson, Rutherford County, Tennessee, August 11, 1832--April 29, 1895, Eureka Springs, Arkansas). Southern Baptist. Evangelist in Texas and other states, 1875-1895. Compiled three hymnals titled Harvest Bells (1881, 1884, 1887) for use in his meetings. His hymns were primarily revivalistic in emphasis. His finest hymn, "There is a rock in a weary land, Its shadow falls on the burning sand" was paid the compliment of being reworked and issued under the name of Edward Husband in D.B. Towner's Revival Hymns (Chicago, 1905). He and his wife Corilla Frances Sayle adopted three children. Ordained December 4, 1880. --David W. Music, and additional information from the DNAH Archives See:… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [There is a rock in a weary land]
Composer: W. E. Penn (1887)
Meter: and refrain
Incipit: 51113 21651 22212
Key: A Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Organ Solo

  • The Organist Volume 106 Number 2 May June 2002: The Service Music Companion for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Mercy Barlett AKA James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2002) pp. 61
  • He Lifted Me: Easy Hymn Arrangements for Organ
    Composer/Editor Mary Ellen Kerrick
    Published By: Broadman Press (1983) pp. 24

Piano Solo

  • Milestones on the Journey: Hymn Arrangements for Piano and Devotional Guide for Fellow Pilgrims
    Composer/Editor Don Phillips
    Published By: The FJH Music Company, Inc. (2007) pp. 31
  • Blessed Be the Name: Piano Preludes
    Composer/Editor Don Phillips
    Published By: Broadman Press (1979) pp. 21


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #195
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #6024
Text: The Sheltering Rock
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #195

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Sacred Selections for the Church #121


The Cyber Hymnal #6024

Include 15 pre-1979 instances
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