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Selected Poetry of Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778)

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Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee!
        (A Living and Dying Prayer for the Holiest Believer in the World, 1-2)
  1. A Living and Dying Prayer for the Holiest Believer in the World (Rock of Ages, cleft for me)

Notes on Life and Works

Born at Farnham in Surrey, Toplady took an M.A. at Trinity College, Dublin, and proceeded to holy orders in the Anglican church in 1762. He became vicar of Broad Hembury six years later. George Lawton wrote the biography in Within the Rock of Ages: The Life and Work of Augustus Montague Toplady (Cambridge: James Clarke, 1983; BV 330 T6 L3 Emmanuel College Library). The parson's dairy survives and was published in 1987 (BX 5199 T6A35 1987 Robarts Library).

Biographical information

Given name: Augustus Montague
Family name: Toplady
Birth date: 4 November 1740
Death date: 14 August 1778
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Richard Toplady
          mother: Catherine Toplady
Language: English
          Westminster school
          Trinity College, Dublin: 1755 to 1760
Religion: Calvinism: 1755
Literary period: Augustan
Occupation: Divine
          Farnham, Surrey: 4 November 1740
          Blagdon: 1762
          Farleigh, Hungerford: 1764
          Harpford: 1766
          Broad Hembury: 1768 to 1775
          London: 1775 to 1778
Illness: Consumption: 1775
Cause of death: Consumption
Buried at: Tottenham Court Chapel
First RPO edition: 1998