Scripture Verse

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer. Psalm 18:2

Introduction

Words: Grace L. Hos­mer, in Life Songs, ed­it­ed by Sam­uel F. Coff­man & John D. Brunk (Scott­dale, Penn­syl­van­ia: Men­non­ite Pub­lish­ing House, 1916), num­ber 102.

Music: Ad­am Gei­bel (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hos­mer (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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Adam Geibel
1855–1933

Lyrics

On the bless­èd Rock of Ag­es,
In calm or tide,
Always in that sac­red shel­ter
Let me abide.
Trusting on­ly in its keep­ing,
Naught else to see,
Ever on the Rock of Ag­es,
Lord, hold Thou me.

Refrain

Lord, hold Thou me,
Lord, hold Thou me,
Ever on the Rock of Ag­es,
Lord, hold Thou me.

On the bless­èd Rock of Ag­es,
Nor drawn away
By the ma­ny lights al­lur­ing,
O keep, I pray!
And if swept by sor­row’s te­mpest
My strength shall flee,
Father, on the Rock of Ag­es,
O hold Thou me.

Refrain

On the bless­èd Rock of Ag­es
When comes the call;
Not to jour­ney, ’tis but pass­ing,
One step is all.
Only that I may be rea­dy
Thy face to see,
O upon the Rock of Ag­es,
Lord, hold Thou me.

Refrain