Hymn Challenge #18: My Hope is Built
Words by: Edward Mote
b. January 21, 1797; d. November 13, 1874
Edward Mote was born in London. His parents managed a pub, and he himself was trained as a cabinet maker and worked in London for many years. After hearing the preaching of the Rev. John Hyatt, Mr. Mote eventually became a Baptist minister. His original version of this hymn consisted of six verses. In most hymnals today, you will only see four verses. Here is a letter Edward Mote wrote to the Gospel Herald (copied from cyberhymnal.org):
"One morning it came into my mind as I went to labour, to write an hymn on the ‘Gracious Experience of a Christian.’ As I went up Holborn I had the chorus,
In the day I had four first verses complete, and wrote them off. On the Sabbath following I met brother King as I came out of Lisle Street Meeting…who informed me that his wife was very ill, and asked me to call and see her. I had an early tea, and called afterwards. He said that it was his usual custom to sing a hymn, read a portion, and engage in prayer, before he went to meeting. He looked for his hymn-book but could find it nowhere. I said, ‘I have some verses in my pocket; if he liked, we would sing them.’ We did, and his wife enjoyed them so much, that after service he asked me, as a favour, to leave a copy of them for his wife. I went home, and by the fireside composed the last two verses, wrote the whole off, and took them to sister King…As these verses so met the dying woman’s case, my attention to them was the more arrested, and I had a thousand printed for distribution. I sent one to the Spiritual Magazine, without my initials, which appeared some time after this. Brother Rees, of Crown Street, Soho, brought out an edition of hymns , and this hymn was in it. David Denham introduced it  with Rees’ name, and others after…Your inserting this brief outline may in future shield me from the charge of stealth, and be a vindication of truthfulness in my connection with the Church of God."
For the last 26 years of his life, he was pastor at Rehoboth Baptist Church, and he is actually buried there on the church grounds.
than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name. [Refrain]
2 When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]
3 His oath, His covenant, His blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]
4 When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found,
dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Broken Rings (inked with Prima chalk ink)
Stamp Ink: Prima Fluid Chalk Ink turquoise stone
Embellishments: 7 Dots Studio 9th Wave elements and alpha stickers; Petaloo Bristol white flowers; Prima Lil Missy flowers; Wild Orchid Crafts leaves; My Mind's Eye Chalk Studio decorative frame; washi tape; sewing machine
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