1 O fountain of unceasing grace,
your saints' exhaustless theme,
great object of immortal praise,
we bless you for the glorious fruits
your incarnation gives,
the righteousness which grace imputes,
and faith alone receives.
2 In you we have a righteousness
by God himself approved;
our rock, our sure foundation this,
which never can be moved.
Our ransom by your death was paid,
for all your people giv'n,
the law you perfectly obeyed,
that they might enter heav'n.
4 As all, when Adam sinned alone,
in his transgression died,
so by the righteousness of one
are sinners justified;
we to your merit, gracious Lord,
with humblest joy submit,
again to paradise restored,
in you alone complete.
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 >
ST. MATTHEW was published in the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), where it was set to Psalm 33 and noted as a new tune. The editor of the Supplement, William Croft (PHH 149), may be the composer of ST. MATTHEW. One of the longer British psalm tunes, it has a…
Display Title: Fountain of Never-Ceasing GraceFirst Line: Fountain of never-ceasing graceTune Title: ST. MATTHEWAuthor: Augustus Montague Toplady, 1740-1778Meter: C.M.D.Scripture: John 7:37-39; Romans 5:18Date: 1990Subject: Law of God | ; The Way of Salvation | Justification; Grace | Fullness of; Imputation of Righteousness |
Display Title: O Fountain of Unceasing GraceFirst Line: O fountain of unceasing graceTune Title: ST. MATTHEWAuthor: Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778Meter: C.M.D.Scripture: John 7:37-38; Romans 5Date: 2018Subject: Christ | Passion and Atoning Death of; Grace | ; Imputation of Righteousness | ; Incarnation | ; Justification | ; Law of God |