Hymns in Our Hearts: Rock of Ages

The hymn, Rock of Ages, was written by an English clergyman by the name of Augustus Montague Toplady. Mr. Toplady spent his life ministering to the people of England as an Anglican priest. He later moved to London where he wrote extensively and authored many other hymns as well. He died at the age of 38 of tuberculosis.

I think that this was one of the first hymns that I ever learned and the first two lines of the hymn still remind me to always stay close to God. It is a sweet hymn about salvation with a resounding note of the hope of heaven at the end. Enjoy learning this one!

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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