“Jesus Is a Rock”


"Jesus is a rock in a wearied land, In a wearied land, in a wearied land... A shelter in a time of storm, in a time of storms." "He is whom I fix my hopes upon, A narrow way till in my view...."


This reminds me somewhat of "My Father's Gone to View That Land," but Randolph's fragment doesn't seem to have any actual words in common with that piece.

Henry's fragment is rather different in form ("Jesus is a rock in a whirly wind, A shelter in the time of storm, Hope my mother will be there, A shelter in the time of storm," repeated with other family members replacing "Mother," but the overall similarity is clear. - RBW


  1. Randolph 657, "Jesus Is a Rock" (1 fragment)
  2. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 193, "Jesus is a Rock" (1 text)
  3. Roud #7580
  4. BI, R657


Alternate titles: “My God is a Rock in a Weary Land”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Henry, from Hettie Twiggs)
Found in: US(SEmSo)