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Augustus Montague Toplady

(4 November 1740–11 August 1778 / Surrey, England)

Augustus Montague Toplady
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Augustus Montague Toplady was an Anglican cleric and hymn writer. He was a major Calvinist opponent of John Wesley. He is best remembered as the author of the hymn "Rock of Ages". Three of his other hymns – "A Debtor to Mercy Alone", "Deathless Principle, Arise" and "Object of My First Desire" – are still occasionally sung today, though all three are far less popular than "Rock of Ages".

Background and Early Life, 1740–55

Augustus Toplady was born in Farnham, Surrey, England in November 1740. His father, Richard Toplady, was probably from Enniscorthy, County Wexford in Ireland. Richard Toplady became a commissioned officer in the Royal Marines in 1739; by the ... more »

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  • Rock of ages, cleft for me,
    Let me hide myself in Thee!
    Let the Water and the Blood,
    From thy riven Side which flow'd,
    Be of sin the double cure;
    Cleanse me from its...
    Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778), British hymn-writer. "A Prayer, Living and Dying," l. 1-6, Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Worship, Lon...
  • Rock of ages, cleft for me,
    Let me hide myself in thee!
    Let the water and the blood,
    From thy riven side which flowed,
    Be of sin the double cure;
    Cleanse me from its...
    Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778), British theologian. Rock of Ages (l. 1-6). . . New Oxford Book of Christian Verse, The. Donald Davie, ed. (...
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