John Newton (1725-1807) Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-78)

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Original Pub. Date: Mar. 12, 2017. Last Update: Mar. 13, 2017.

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Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-78)

In 1776 Anglican minister Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-78) pub. Rock of Ages (written in 1763) in the Feb. issue of The Gospel Magazine, allegedly based on Burrington Combe in the Mendip Hills; "Rock of Ages, cleft for me./ Let me hide myself in Thee;/ Let the wate and the blood,/ From Thy riven side which flowed,/ Be of sin the double cure,/ Cleanse me from its guilt and power. (Save from wrath, and make me pure.)"

John Newton (1725-1807) William Cowper (1731-1800)

In 1779 converted infidel and slave trader (for 20 years) (who is forever haunted by 20K souls) John Newton (1725-1807) and poet William Cowper (1731-1800) pub. The Olney Hymns, composed in Olney, Buckinghamshire; it incl. the original form of Amazing Grace, which in 1835 is coupled with the tune "New Britain"; "Amazing grace! How sweet the sound,/ That saved a wretch like me!/ I once was lost, but now am found,/ Was blind, but now I see./ Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,/ And grace my fears relieved;/ How precious did that grace appear/ The hour I first believed."

In 1994 Scott Underwood pub. Take My Life (Holiness); "Holiness, holiness/ Is what I long for,/ Holiness is what I need./ Holiness, holiness/ Is what you want from me."

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