Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Song

Rock of Ages
Augustus M. Toplady

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.
Let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure.

Could my tears forever flow? Could my zeal no languor know?
These for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone.
In my hand no price I bring; Simply to thy cross I cling.

While I draw this fleeting breath, When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown, And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.

Augustus Montague Toplady was born on November 4th, 1740. He was very much so spoiled by his mother after his father died in a war. He was never liked by anyone, including his relatives. However, Augustus was very interested in the Lord and began preaching to anyone who would listen at age twelve. He started writing hymns at age 14 and became a Christian at age 16 after attending a service in a barn. At 22 he was ordained and he died at the age of 38. His best known hymn, "Rock of Ages", has outlived him by many centuries.

*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan


~Mrs. Guru~ said...

I always love to read about their life. Died at 38! That is so young!

Lyndsey Newton said...

I attended a funeral yesterday and this song was sung there-how even more special now to know the history, thank you.

The Graves' House said...

i never knew anything about who wrote that particular song. thanks for sharing, i always enjoy reading these post on sundays.

JuJu and Family said...

I always love your Sunday songs and that they include info on the composer and writer. Thanks

Susan said...

I have always loved this takes me back to my little church back home...thanks for sharing:)

Betsy said...

Love these. Isn't amazing how Christian works last the test of time and are still pertinent today.

Joanna said...

Thank you for sharing the history of this song. I never knew it.

t h a i t r a i t said...

The last verse has always given me chills...I LOVE it.

Mandi said...

I think you may have already gotten the Lemonade Award, but I am giving it to you again if so. You always have such a great attitude and that is what it is about. Enjoy!

Alex and Jill said...

Always love coming to see what the Sunday song will be. :)

Jerri Lynn @ Southern Sassyness said...

What a great story about the author of such a wonderful hymn!

Enjoyed your frames/pics makeover...gorgeous!

LuLu said...

Enjoyed reading the history behind this song. Thanks for sharing it.

TCKK said...

Thanks for sharing the history of this great old song!

Emily said...

I love that song!!!