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Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Words by Augustus M. Toplady (1740-1778), 1776
Tune: TOPLADY by Thomas Hastings (1784-1872), 1830
Key signature: B flat major (2 flats)
Time signature: 3/2
Meter: in 3/2
Public Domain
Organ Performance at Hymns Without Words
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.