Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778)

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A debtor to mercy alone,

of covenant-mercy I sing;

nor fear, with your righteousness on,

my person and offering to bring:

the terrors of law and of God

with me can have nothing to do;

my Saviour’s obedience and blood

hide all my transgressions from view.


The work which his goodness began,

the arm of his strength will complete;

his promise is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’,

and never was forfeited yet:

things future, nor things that are now,

nor all things below or above,

can make him his purpose forgo,

or sever my soul from his love.


Eternity will not erase

my name from the palms of his hands;

in marks of indelible grace

impressed on his heart it remains:

yes, I to the end shall endure,

as sure as the promise is given;

more happy, but not more secure,

the glorified spirits in Heaven.