"Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me"
                    by Augustus Montague Toplady, 1740-1778
                                  Text From:
                              THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        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,
        Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

        2. Not the labors of my hands
        Can fulfil 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 Thy cross I cling;
        Naked, come to Thee for dress;
        Helplees, 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 eyelids 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!

Notes: Hymn #376 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: 1 Cor. 10:4 Author: Augustus M. Toplady, 1776, alt. Composer: Thomas Hastings, 1830 Tune: "Toplady"
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