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 >
Supreme High Priest, the Pilgrim's Light. A. M. Toplady. [Christ the High Priest, or Lent.] First published in his Poems on Sacred Subjects, Dublin, 1759, p. 20, in 12 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in Sedgwick's reprint of Toplady's Poetical Works, 1860. In Drummond and Greville's Church of England Hymn Book, 1838, st, v.-viii. were given, unaltered, as "Ah, give me, Lord, the single eye." These stanzas have passed into later collections.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)