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)
Meter: 126.96.36.199.7.7. in 3/4
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 riven side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure.
2. Not the labors of my hands Can fulfill Thy law’s demands; Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow, These for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone.
3. Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling; Naked, come to Thee for dress; Helpless look to Thee for rest; 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.