Tune: TOPLADY

Composer: Thomas Hastings, 1830

Author: Augustus M. Toplady, 1776; alt. Thomas Cotterill, 1815

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VERSE 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.

VERSE 2:
Not the labors 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.

VERSE 3:
Nothing in my hands I bring,
simply to Thy cross I cling;
Barren, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

VERSE 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.
piano and rhythm

The piano score is fairly rhythmically complex, transcribed from a live improvisation. Pianists may wish to simplify the rhythms slightly, especially if other rhythm instruments are playing.

Key: Gb

chord chart

capo 4 chart

lead sheet

piano score

live recording

piano and brass ensemble

same arrangement as above; rhythmic piano part with brass

Key: Ab

lead sheet

piano score

brass score and parts

piano-brass MIDI demo