Evelyn's Corner

Evelyn Armstrong is our church organist and in this page Evelyn gives us some reflections and insights into some of her favourite hymns.

 

"My Hope is Built on Nothing Less"

 by Edward Mote, 1797-1874

1. My hope is built on nothing less

 Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;

 I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

 But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

 On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

 All other ground is sinking sand.

 

2. When darkness veils His lovely face,

 I rest on His unchanging grace;

 In every high and stormy gale

 My anchor holds within the veil.

 On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

 All other ground is sinking sand.

 

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood

 Support me in the whelming flood;

 When every earthly prop gives way,

 He then is all my Hope and Stay.

 On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

 All other ground is sinking sand.

 

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,

 Oh, may I then in Him be found,

 Clothed in His righteousness alone,

 Faultless to stand before the throne!

 On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

 All other ground is sinking sand.

 

Edward Mote

Edward Mote was a pastor and hymn writer. Born in London on 21 January 1797, his parents managed a pub and often left Edward to his own devices playing in the street.] He was trained as a cabinet maker and worked in London for many years. Later he entered the ministry and was pastor at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Horsham, West Sussex for 26 years. He was well liked by the congregation in Horsham and they offered him the church building as a gift. Mote replied "I do not want the chapel, I only want the pulpit; and when I cease to preach Christ, and then turn me out of that." He died on 13 November 1874 and is buried in the church yard at Rehoboth Church.

Perhaps his best known hymn is "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less", which refers to the Parable of the Wise and the Foolish Builders, with its refrain 'On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand'.

A collection of approximately 100 of his hymns was published under the title Hymns of Praise, A New Selection of Gospel Hymns, Combining All the Excellences of our Spiritual Poets, with Many Originals.