Rock of Ages

J.C. Ryle’s Favorite Hymn: Rock of Ages

According to Ryle’s biographers, Peter Toon and Michael Smout, J.C. Ryle’s favorite hymn was “Rock of Ages”, a hymn composed by Augustus M. Toplady, an Anglican clergyman and hymn-writer, in 1775. This hymn was also sung at Ryle’s funeral. Enjoy the video below, sung by the Antrim Mennonite Choir.

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.


2. Not the labors of my hands

can fulfill thy law’s commands;

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 the cross I cling;

naked, come to thee for dress;

helpless, 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 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.

On this day…

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