Augustus Toplady

Augustus Montague Toplady (4 November 1740 – 11 August 1778) was an Anglican cleric and hymn writer. He was a major Calvinist opponent of John Wesley. He is best remembered as the author of the hymn "Rock of Ages". Three of his other hymns – "A Debtor to Mercy Alone", "Deathless Principle, Arise" and "Object of My First Desire" – are still occasionally sung today.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 4, 1740 (Farnham), Died August 11, 1778 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

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Recordings (Results 26-28 of 28 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 3370 10-in. Oct. 1914 Rock of ages Mixed vocal quartet (unidentified; Edison Records) Mixed vocal quartet lyricist  
Edison 3867 10-in. 6/11/1915 Rock of ages Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 4100 10-in. 9/8/1915 Rock of ages Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal quartet lyricist  
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