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What though my frail eyelids refuse

What though my frail eyelids refuse

Author: Augustus Toplady
Published in 12 hymnals

Author: Augustus Toplady

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 >

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First Line: What though my frail eyelids refuse
Author: Augustus Toplady


What tho' my frail eyelids refuse. A. M. Toplady. [At Night.] Published in the Gospel Magazine, Dec. 1774, in 6 stanzas of 8 lines, entitled "A Chamber Hymn," and signed "Minimus." Also in Sedgwick's reprint of Toplady's Hymns, &c, 1860. It was given in its original form in several of the older hymnbooks, but in Collyer's Collection, 1812, it was divided into two parts, Pt. i. being composed of stanzas i.-iii., and Pt. ii., beginning, "Inspirer and Hearer of prayer," of stanzas iv.-vi. From that date the first part fell gradually out of use, whilst the second part rose to great popularity, and has been rendered into several languages. The translation into Latin by R. Bingham in his Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871, begins, "O Tu precum inspirator." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d842
A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #671Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #854Page Scan
Christian Praise: a manual of worship for public, social and private devotion #393Page Scan
Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1211Page Scan
Hymns of the Church Militant #316Page Scan
Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d255
Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d236
Songs of Christian Praise with Music #d614
The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #426Page Scan
The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs": for public, social and family worship and private devotions at the Sanitarium, Clifton Springs, N. Y. #698Page Scan
The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d457
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