O safe to the rock that is higher than I
O safe to the rock that is higher than I. William Orcutt Cushing* (1823-1902).
Written in 1876, this was published in Welcome Tidings: a new collection of sacred songs for the Sunday school (New York, 1877), edited by Ira D. Sankey*, Robert Lowry*, and William Howard Doane*, and then in Sankey’s Sacred Songs and Solos. In the last-named book it was entitled ‘Hiding in Thee’, from the refrain:
Hiding in Thee, Hiding in Thee, Thou blest "Rock of Ages", I’m hiding in Thee.
It was preceded by a quotation from Psalm 31: 2: ‘My strong Rock, for a house of defence’, although Christopher Idle rightly points to Psalm 61: 2 as a more likely source: ‘lead me to the rock that is higher than I’...
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