Scripture Verse

Whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. Matthew 7:24

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Tul­li­us C. O’Kane (🔊 pdf nwc). The words first ap­peared in the Sun­day School Jour­nal in 1871. It is un­clear if O’Kane was the orig­in­al au­thor, but he wrote the re­frain and mu­sic in 1872.

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Tullius C. O’Kane
(1830–1912)

Lyrics

There stands a rock on shores of time
That rears to Heaven its head sublime.
That rock is cleft, and they are blest
Who find within this cleft a rest.

Refrain

Some build their hopes on the ever drifting sand,
Some on their fame, or their treasure, or their land;
Mine’s on a rock that forever will stand,
Jesus, the Rock of Ages.

That rock’s a cross, its arms outspread,
Celestial glory bathes its head;
To its firm base my all I bring,
And to the Rock of Ages cling.

Refrain

That rock’s a tower, whose lofty height,
Illumed with Heaven’s unclouded light,
Opes wide its gate beneath the dome
Where saints find rest with Christ at home.

Refrain