Author , Composer , Writer , Performer : Thomas Hastings
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Rock of Ages
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Born: October 15, 1784, Washington, Connecticut. Died: May 15, 1872, New York City. Son of a doctor, Hastings grew up as a farm boy, walking six miles to school in the winter. He began his career as a music teacher. In 1823, he became editor of the Recorder in Utica, New York. From 1832 until his death, Hastings trained choirs and developed religious music. He penned almost 1,000 hymn tunes and 600 hymn texts. His son, who became president of Union Theological Seminary, said of him: He was a devout and earnest Christian, a hard student, and resolute worker, not laying aside his pen until three days before his death.