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"Keeping the Hymns Close By"

The Solid Rock


Author – Edward Mote, 1797- 1874
Composer – William B. Bradbury, 1816 - 1868

I Corinthians 3:11 – For other foundation can no man lay that that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Edward Mote was born on January 21, 1797 of very poor, ungodly parents, in London, England. His parents were keepers of an inn or public house in London. IN writing of his youth, Mote said, “My Sundays were spent in the streets. So ignorant was I that I did not know that there was a God.” He further states that the school he attended did not even allow a Bible to e seen, much less taught. As a youth, Mote was apprenticed to a cabinetmaker and eventually became known as a successful craftsman of that trade. At the age of sixteen, he was taken by his master to hear the esteemed preacher, John Hyatt, of the Tottenham Court Chapel. Here young Edward was genuinely converted to Christ.

At the age of fifty-five, Edward Mote realized a life-long dream. Largely through his personal efforts, a building for a Baptist congregation was build in the village of Horsham, Sussex, England. The church members, out of gratitude to Mote, offered him the deed to the property, He refused their offer, saying: “I do not want the chapel; I only want the pulpit and when I cease to preach Christ, then turn me out of that.” Here Mote ministered faithfully for the next twenty-one years until forced to resign because of poor health, one year before he died on November 13, 1874. Edward Mote wrote more than one hundred hymn texts throughout his life. Many of these were included in his collection entitled Hymns of Praise, A New Selection of Gospel Hymns, published in 1836 The “Solid Rock” text was written in 1834 and Mote titled it, “The Gracious Experience of a Christian.” The completed hymn text originally consisted of six stanzas. In his Hymns of Praise collection of 1836, he included this hymn and retitled it “The Immutable Basis of a Sinner’s Hope.”

The music for Mote’s text was composed, in 1863, by William Batchelder Bradbury, one of the foremost composers of early, American gospel music. It first appeared in his collection, The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book, published in 1864. This was the only, new Baptist hymnal to appear in our country during the Civil War years. William is also the composer of these hymns, “Sweet Hour of Prayer”, “He Leadeth Me”, “Jesus Loves Me”, and “Just As I Am”.

Taken from 101 More Hymn Stories Copyright © 1985, 2013 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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