Toplady, Augustus Montague, the author of "Rock of Ages," was born at Farnham, Surrey, November 4, 1740. His father was an officer in the British army. His mother was a woman of remarkable piety. He prepared for the university at Westminster School, and subsequently was graduated at Trinity College, Dublin. While on a visit in Ireland in his sixteenth year he was awakened and converted at a service held in a barn in Codymain. The text was Ephesians ii. 13: "But now, in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." The preacher was an illiterate but warm-hearted layman named Morris. Concerning this experience Toplady wrote: "Strange that I, who had so long sat under the means of grace in England, should b… Go to person page >
Amplest grace with Thee I find. A. M. Toplady. [Christmas.] First published in his Poems on Sacred Subjects, Dublin, 1759, pp. 73-4, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "On the Birth of Christ." Although not in common use in Great Britain, it has passed into a few American collections, and usually in an abbreviated form. Original text in Sedgwick's reprint of Toplady's Poetical Works, London, 1860.
[William T. Brooke]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)