Augustus Montague Toplady
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 ... more »
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Augustus Montague Toplady Poems
Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
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,
If, on a Quiet Sea
If, on a quiet sea, toward heaven we calmly sail, With grateful hearts, O God, to Thee, We’ll own the favoring gale, With grateful hearts, O God, to Thee,
Grace, 'Tis a Charming Sound
Grace, ’tis a charming sound, Harmonious to mine ear; Heaven with the echo shall resound, And all the earth shall hear.
How Vast the Benefits Divine
How vast the benefits divine which we in Christ possess! We are redeemed from guilt and shame and called to holiness. But not for works which we have done, or shall hereafter do, Hath God decreed on sinful men salvation to bestow.
Father of Love, to Thee I Bend
Father of love, to thee I bend My heart, and lift mine eyes; O let my pray'r and praise ascend As odours to the skies.
God of Love
God of love, whose truth and grace Reach unbounded as the skies, Hear thy creature's feeble praise, Let my ev'ning sacrifice
A Debtor to Mercy Alone
A debtor to mercy alone, of covenant mercy I sing; Nor fear, with Thy righteousness on, my person and off’ring to bring. The terrors of law and of God with me can have nothing to do; My Savior’s obedience and blood hide all my transgressions from view.
Jesus, by Whose Grace I Live
Jesus, by whose grace I live, From the fear of evil kept, Thou has lengthen'd my reprieve, Held in being while I slept.
Desiring to Be Given up to God
That my heart was right with thee, And lov'd thee with a perfect love! O that my Lord would dwell in me, And never from his seat remove!
Lord, Save Us, We Perish
Pilot of the soul, awake, Save us for thy mercies' sake; Now rebuke the angry deep, Save, O save thy sinking ship!
Hymn of Sovereign Grace
Formed for thyself, and turned to thee, Thy praises, Lord , I show; No more, with sacrilegious pride, I rob thee of thy due.
Fountain of Never-Ceasing Grace
Fountain of never ceasing grace, Thy saints’ exhaustless theme, Great object of immortal praise, Essentially supreme;
Object of My First Desire
Object of my first desire,- Jesus, crucified for me;- All to happiness aspire, Only to be found in Thee;
Great God, whom heav'n, and earth, and sea. With all their countless hosts, obey, Upheld by whom the nations stand, And empires fall at thy command:
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Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
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 Guilt and Pow'r.
Not the Labours of my Hands
Can fulfil thy Law's demands:
Could my Zeal no respite know,
Could my Tears for ever flow,
All for Sin could not atone:
Thou must save, and Thou alone!
Nothing in my Hand I bring;
Simply to thy Cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for Dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for Grace;
Foul, I to the Fountain fly:
Wash me, SAVIOUR, or I ...