Cornerstone is another of the current crop of songs that harvests lyrics from older hymns and adds a new chorus/refrain.
This time around it’s Edward Mote’s My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less that gets the treatment.
Gone is the chorus and one of the verses.
Added is a new refrain and some modified phrasing.
Missing is the biblical allusion to the parable of the wise and foolish builders.
Present is a structure which can be used in the repetitive-loop structure of singing favoured by the type of churches from which this adaption comes.
As with most of these productions I do wonder if any value is added, apart from a copyright to the modern adapters, but the fact these lyrics are being sung by contemporary congregations is a plus.
We’ll see how we go with it.
The lyrics:
1.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name
Refrain.
Christ Alone
Cornerstone
Weak made strong
In the Savior’s love
Through the storm
He is Lord
Lord of All
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.
Bridge
He is Lord
Lord of all
Repeat Refrain
3.
When he shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless, to stand before the throne

Original lyrics Edward Mote. Altered and additional lyrics and music Jonas Myrin; Reuben Morgan; Eric Liljero
(c) 2011 Hillsong Music Publishing (APRA)
All rights reserved.

Here’s the full Hillsong treatment, as posted on Youtube.

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