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ROCK OF AGES, CLEFT FOR ME

 

Augustus M. Toplady (1776)                            Thomas Hastings (1830)

 

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide my-self in Thee;

Let the water and the blood,

From Thy riven side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure,

Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

 

Not the labors of my hands

Can fulfil Thy law’s demands;

Could my zeal no respite known,

Could my tears forever flow,

All for sin could not a tone;

Thou must save, and Thou a lone.

 

While I draw this fleeting breath,

When my eyelids close in death,

When I soar to worlds unknown,

See Thee on Thy judgment throne,

Rock of ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide my self in Thee.

 

 

Author: Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778

Augustus Montague Toplady was born at Farnham, England on November 4th 1740, the son of a Major Richard Toplady, who died in service when Augustus was an infant.  He accepted Christ at the age of 16. Later he graduated from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He was ordained in 1762 to the ministry of the Anglican Church.  He was a deeply spiritual evangelical leader. 

Rock of ages is one of the most popular hymns ever written.  1n 1776, Toplady published this hymn in The Gospel Magazine.  He entitled  the hymn, “A Living and Dying Prayer for the Holiest Believe in the World”.

He died of overwork and tuberculosis at the age of thirty-eight. 

“His last words were,’ my heart beats every day stronger and stronger for glory.  Sickness is no affliction.  Pain no cause, death itself no dissolution…. My prayers are now all converted into praise.’”

Composer: Thomas Hastings, 1784-1872

A well-known American Church musician, Thomas Hastings in 1830, composed the tune of this hymn.  Hastings was born on Oct. 15th 1784 at Washington, Connecticut.  His formal music training was meager and being an albino, he was afflicted with eye problems throughout his life; yet his contribution to church music is huge, with no less than 50 volumes to his credit.  

 

 

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