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Rock of Ages

” He only is my rock and my salvation…”

Psalm 62:2 KJV.

Words by Augustus Montague Toplady
Melody by Thomas Hastings
Arranged by Sally DeFord

The rock formation in which the lyricist is said to have taken shelter during a storm, inspiring the words to the hymn.

About the Song

I have always loved the words to “Rock of Ages,” but for some reason, the 3/4 time always made me feel like it just didn’t give the words the weight they deserved. So this arrangement got the 4/4 treatment.

There are several different versions of the lyrics, and a verse between verses two and three as listed here. I have chosen to use the words as they appear in the 1985 LDS Hymn book, #111.

A note about the recording…

Fries or chips? Aluminum or aluminium? And, more to the point, resp-it or resp-eye-t?

It mainly depends on which side of the pond you call home. James and I argued over this one, and since the deciding vote came down to the author’s nationality (he was British), I lost. If you’re from outside the US, you’ll probably sing it like James does. If you’re an American, it’s likely to be resp-it, the provenance of the lyrics notwithstanding. However you say it, it means “a short period of rest or relief.”

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Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:

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Lyrics

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 fill all 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.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown 
And behold thee on thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee.

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