Scripture Verse

Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

Introduction

Words: Ra­chel A. Searles, in Grove Songs No. 2 (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Asa Hull, 1873), num­ber 4.

Music: Asa Hull (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Asa Hull
(1828–1907)

Lyrics

When mountains of doubt
Hem me in on each side,
And waves of affliction
Roll in like a tide;
When vainly I seek
Some new pathway to try,
Oh, lead me to the Rock
That is higher than I.

Refrain

Oh, lead me to the Rock,
Oh, lead me to the Rock,
Oh, lead me to the Rock
That is higher than I,
Oh, lead me to the Rock,
Oh, lead me to the Rock
That is higher than I.

When storms of deep trouble
Rage fiercely around,
When forebodings of ill
In my spirit abound;
When the hopes of a lifetime
Are blighted and die,
Oh, lead me to the Rock
That is higher than I.

Refrain

The sun of prosperity
Brightly may shine,
And my heart round its treasures
Too closely may twine,
When my hopes are in danger
Of rising too high,
Oh, lead me to the Rock
That is higher than I.

Refrain

When nearing the shore
Of the river of death,
And the moments fly swiftly
With each labored breath,
When losing my hold
Of each dear earthly tie,
Oh, lead me to the Roc
That is higher than I.

Refrain

Whatever my lot,
Be it wearily sad,
Or actively busy
Or joyously glad;
In each joy and sorrow,
My God, be Thou nigh,
Oh, lead me to the Rock
That is higher than I.

Refrain