Rock Of Ages♪

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Continuing with my favorite hymns as we proceed through the alphabet….

For Alphabe-Thursday, Letter R

Words: Au­gus­tus M. Top­la­dy, 1776.

Music: Toplady, Thom­as Hast­ings, 1830

According to

Sir Will­iam Hen­ry Wills, in a let­ter to Dean Le­froy, pub­lished in the [Lon­don] Times in June, 1898, says ‘Top­la­dy was one day over­tak­en by a thun­der­storm in Bur­ring­ton Coombe, on the edge of my prop­er­ty, Blag­don, a rocky glen run­ning up in­to the heart of the Men­dip range, and there, tak­ing shel­ter be­tween two mass­ive piers of our na­tive lime­stone rock, he penned the hymn,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

There is a pre­ci­pi­tous crag of lime­stone a hun­dred feet high, and right down its cen­tre is the deep re­cess in which Top­la­dy shel­tered.’

Rock Of Ages

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,
[originally When my eye-strings break 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.

10 Responses

  1. Thanks, Laurie. That has been one of my favorite hymns since I received Jesus as my Lord and Savor in August of ’58.

  2. I love these presentations of your favourite hymns! This song has followed me through my childhood and youth, as we used to sing it at our meeting house. (In norwegian the song starts this way: “Klippe du som brast for meg, lat meg gøyme meg i deg”, just as a curiosity for you…) May the Rock of ages bless your weekend!

  3. It’s interesting to know the history of this beautiful hymn — one of my favorites also.

  4. Very nice!

  5. Nice bit of history! It’s a great song.

  6. Wonderful photo and a great poem!

  7. what a beautiful image! {:-Deb

  8. Beautiful image. I’m always reminded of my mother…this was one of her favorite hymns

  9. Oh.


    My Grandmother often sang this song.

    This was absolutely beautiful.

    Your picture is amazing and those lyrics.




    Thanks for linking for the letter “R”.

    I’m working on blog visits a bit more each day so I hope to see you again soon!


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