Scripture Verse

Whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. Matthew 7:24

Introduction

Words: Hen­ry R. Trick­ett, in The Help­ing Hand, ed­it­ed by Will­iam T. Giffe & James Ro­se­crans (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: George D. New­hall, 1878), num­ber 41.

Music: James H. Ro­se­crans (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Trick­ett (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
James H. Rosecrans
1843–1926

Lyrics

On what are you building, my brother,
Your hopes of an eternal home?
Is it loose shifting sand,
Or the firm solid rock,
You are trusting for ages to come?

Refrain

Hearing and doing, we build on the rock;
Hearing alone, we build on the sand;
Both will be tried by the storm and the flood;
Only the rock the trial will stand.

On one or the other, my brother,
You are building your hopes day by day;
You are risking your soul
On the works that you do,
Will the dark waters sweep you away?

Refrain

Your Savior has warned you, my brother,
I pray you give heed to His voice;
There is life on the rock,
But death on the sand;
Oh, brother, pray tell me your choice.

Refrain

No matter how careful, my brother,
The sand for your house you prepare;
’Twill be all swept away
When the floods shall descend,
And you be left perishing there.

Refrain