Monthly with Hymn, November
Augustus Toplady took an interest in the Lord at a young age. He wrote hymns and preached sermons while in his teens and became an ordained minister at age 22.
His best-known hymn, Rock of Ages, began as a poem he wrote in 1763 and is strikingly similar to something Charles Wesley wrote decades earlier.
In the 1800s, this beloved hymn was set to music by Thomas Hastings, a singing teacher and self-taught musician.
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