THERE went a wise and a foolish man, 

And each to build him a house began: 

One built on a rock, and one on the sand, 

And when the two houses erect did stand, 

While the sun shone on them, no man could see 

Which house of the two might the firmer be. 

But when the dark sky began to frown, 

And the wind and the storm and the rain came down,

The rock-built house bore the shock right well, 

While its neighbor tottered, and crashing, fell. 

So those shall stand in the tempest's shock, 

Who build on God's promise, the Bible rock; 

While the hope that wars against God's command,

Shall fall with a crash, like the house on the sand.