Rock Of Ages

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, 
let me hide myself in Thee; 
let the water and the blood, 
from thy riven side which flowed, 
be of sin the double cure; 
cleanse me from its guilt and power. 


Not the labors 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. 


When my pilgrimage I close, 
Victor o'er the last of foes, 
When I soar to worlds unknown, 
and behold Thee on Thy throne, 
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, 
let me hide myself in Thee.


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

Words By
Augustus Montague Toplady

Music By Thomas Hastings


As the young Minister traveled through the rugged country near England's Cheddar Gorge, the clouds burst and torrential sheets of rain pummelled the earth. The weary traveler was able to find shelter standing under a rocky overhang. There, protected from the buffeting wind and rain, Augustus Toplady conceived one of the most popular hymns ever written, Rock of Ages, Cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee."

In March, 1776 Toplady published the hymn as part of an article in The Gospel Magazine, which he edited. He wrote that just as England could never pay her national debt, so man could never by his own merits satisfy the justice of God.  In the middle of the article he burst into song, printing for the first time the hymn "Rock of Ages", which so ably describes Christ, the Rock of Ages, as the remedy for all our sin.


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The painting is by Thomas Kinkade