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 >
Your harps, ye trembling saints. A. M. Toplady. [Encouragement to Believers.] Printed in the Gospel Magazine, Feb. 1772, in 8 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed "Weak Believers Encouraged." It was included in his Hymns on Sacred Subjects, &c, London, W. H. Collingridge, 1856; and in D. Sedgwick's edition of his Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1860. Several abbreviated forms of the text, all beginning with the original first line, are in common use in Great Britain and America. There is also in American use a cento beginning "If through unruffled seas," in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, of which stanzas ii.-iv. are from this hymn, and stanza i. is by another hand. It is given in the Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865, the Laudes Domini, 1884, and others.