A Living and Dying Prayer for the Holiest Believer in the World

Original Text: 
Hymns and Sacred Poems, on a Variety of Divine Subjects, Comprising the Whole of the Poetical Remains of the Rev. Augustus M. Toplady, B. A., Vicar of Broad Hembury, Devon (London: Daniel Sedgwick, 1860), no. XXIII, p. 163. VT T626h Emmanuel College Library.
1Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
2Let me hide myself in Thee!
3Let the Water and the Blood,
4From thy riven Side which flow'd,
5Be of Sin the double Cure,
6Cleanse me from its Guilt and Pow'r.
7Not the Labours of my Hands
8Can fulfil thy Law's demands:
9Could my Zeal no respite know,
10Could my Tears for ever flow,
11All for Sin could not atone:
12Thou must save, and Thou alone!
13Nothing in my Hand I bring;
14Simply to thy Cross I cling;
15Naked, come to Thee for Dress;
16Helpless, look to Thee for Grace;
17Foul, I to the Fountain fly:
18Wash me, SAVIOUR, or I die!
21When I soar through tracts unknown--
22See Thee on thy Judgment-Throne--
23ROCK of Ages, cleft for me,
24Let me hide myself in THEE!

Notes

19] Whilst: While (in modern versions, e.g., The English Hymnal with Tunes (London, [1906]), no. 477, p. 624). Back to Line
20] When mine eyes are closed in death (in modern versions). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1776
Publication Notes: 
Gospel Magazine 3 (March 1776)
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
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