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 >
Saviour, I Thy word believe. A. M. Toplady. [Christ dwelling in Man.] Appeared in his Poems on Sacred Subjects, 1759, No. 8, in 6 stanzas of 8 lines, and based upon the words "He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." John xiv. 17. It is also in D. Sedgwick's reprint of Toplady's Hymns, &c, 1860. In some American collections, including the Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865, st. iii., iv., are given as "Blessed Comforter, come down," as a hymn for Whitsuntide.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Saviour, I thy word believeFirst Line: Saviour, I thy word believeMeter: 7s, 6s & 8s.Scripture: 1 John 5:6-10Date: 1868Subject: The Holy Spirit | ; Earnest of the Spirit | ; Holy Spirit | Witnessing