For this Good Friday we also post this beautiful hymn of Augustus Toplady (1740-1778) based on Isaiah 53 and other passages. It is taken from a collection of Toplady poems I have, titled Hymns and Poems by Augustus M. Toplady (Cross Publishing, 1971). He will notice from the dates given here that Toplady died at a young age (38 years). What is striking is that the hymns and poems he wrote were composed between the ages of 15 and 18. Here is a brief description of Toplady and some of his other hymns for which he is known taken from the website PoemHunter.com.
Augustus Montague Toplady 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, though all three are far less popular than “Rock of Ages”.
Surely Christ thy griefs has borne;
Weeping soul, no longer mourn:
View Him bleeding on the tree,
Pouring out His life for thee;
There thy every sin He bore;
Weeping soul, lament no more.
All thy crimes on Him were laid:
See, upon His blameless head
Wrath its utmost vengeance pours,
Due to my offence and yours;
Wounded in our stead He is,
Bruis’d for our iniquities.
Weary sinner, keep thine eyes
On th’ atoning sacrifice;
There th’ incarnate Deity,
Number’d with transgressors, see;
There, His Father’s absence mourns,
Nail’d and bruis’d, and crowned with thorns.
See thy God His head bow down,
Hear the Man of Sorrows groan!
For thy ransom there condemned,
Stripp’d, derided, and blasphem’d;
Bleed the guiltless for the unclean,
Made an off’ring for thy sin.
Cast thy guilty soul on Him,
Find Him mighty to redeem;
At His feet thy burden lay,
Look thy doubts and cares away;
Now by faith the Son embrace,
Plead His promise, trust His grace.
Lord, Thine arm must be reveal’d!
Ere I can by faith be heal’d!
Since I scarce can look to Thee,
Cast a gracious eye on me:
At Thy feet myself I lay;
Shine, O shine, my fears away!