259. Rock of Ages! Cleft for Sin

6-7s.
by Toplady, 1776
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Rock of Ages! cleft for sin,
 
Grace hath hid us safe within!
 
Where the water and the blood,
 
From Thy riven side which flowed,
 
Are of sin the double cure,
 
Cleansing from its guilt and power.
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Not the labor of our hands
 
Could fulfill the law's demands;
 
Could our zeal no respite know,
 
Could our tears forever flow,
 
Naught for sin could e'er atone—
 
But Thy blood, and Thine alone!
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Found by Thee before we sought,
 
Unto Thee in mercy brought,
 
We have Thee for righteousness—
 
From Thy fullness, grace on grace;
 
Thou hast washed us in Thy blood,
 
Made us live, and live to God.