Emptied of earth, I fain would be

Emptied of earth, I fain would be

Author: Augustus Toplady
Published in 23 hymnals

Author: Augustus Toplady

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 >

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Author: Augustus Toplady


Empty'd of earth I fain would be. A. M. Toplady. [Holiness desired.] First published in his Poems on Sacred Subjects, 1759, as No. 25 of the "Petitionary Hymns," and headed, "The Believer's Wish." In April, 1771, he included it in a revised form, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, in the Gospel Magazine. This revised text is repeated in Sedgwick's reprint of Toplady's Hymns, 1860, p. 30, and is that in use in Great Britain and America. The cento from this hymn, "At anchor laid remote from home" (stanzas ix. and viii.), appeared in Rippon's Selection, 1787, and is still in common use. [William T. Brooke]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d180
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #148Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors.: including a great number of originals: intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns. (Woodward's rev. and corr. ed.; Sterotype ed.) #212aPage Scan
Spiritual Melodies #d74
Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d86
The Advent Harp; designed for believers in the speedy coming of Christ #83aPage Scan
The American Seaman's Hymn Book: a Collection of Sacred Songs for the Use of Mariners #d52
The Baptist Hymn and Praise Book #d99
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #613Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #178.613Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book #613Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #998Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #267Page Scan
The Christian Lyre #d87
The Dover Selection of Spiritual Songs #d65
The Dover Selection of Spiritual Songs, with an Appendix of Choice Hymns #d62
The Harp #558Page Scan
The Jubilee Harp: a choice selection of psalmody, ancient and modern, designed for use in public and social worship #56Page Scan
The Millennial Harp #d105
The People's Praise Book or Carmina Sanctorum #d133
The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #930aPage Scan
The Virginia Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the most approved authors; adapted to the various occasions of public and social meetings (New Ed. Enl. and Imp.) #427Page Scan
Virginia Selection of Psalms #d112