Analysis of God of Love

Augustus Montague Toplady 1740 (Farnham, Surrey) – 1778



God of love, whose truth and grace
Reach unbounded as the skies,
Hear thy creature's feeble praise,
Let my ev'ning sacrifice
Mount as incense to thy throne,
On the merits of thy Son.

Me thy providence has led
Through another busy day:
Over me thy wings were spread,
Chasing sin and death away:
Thou hast been my faithful shield,
Thou my footsteps hast upheld.

Tho' the sable veil of night
Hides the cheering face of heav'n,
Let me triumph in the sight
Of my guilt in thee forgiv'n.
In my heart the witness feel,
See the great invisible.

I will lay me down to sleep,
Sweetly take my rest in thee,
Ev'ry moment brought a step
Nearer to eternity:
I shall soon from earth ascend,
Quickly reach my journey's end.

All my sins imputed were
To my dear, incarnate God;
Bury'd in his grave they are,
Drown'd in his atoning blood:
Me thou wilt not now condemn,
Righteous and complete in him.

In the Saviour's right I claim
All the blessings he hath bought;
For my soul the dying Lamb
Hath a full redemption wrought;
Heaven through his desert is mine;
Christ's I am, and Christ is mine!


Scheme XXXXAX BCBCXX DADAXX XEXEFF XXXXXX XXXXGG
Poetic Form
Metre 1111101 1010101 111101 111110 1101111 1010111 1110011 1010101 1011101 1010101 1111101 111101 1010111 1010111 1110001 111011 0110101 1010100 1111111 1011101 110101 1010100 1111101 101111 1110100 1110101 101111 10111 1111101 1000101 001111 1010111 1110101 1010101 10111011 1110111
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,047
Words 200
Sentences 8
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6
Lines Amount 36
Letters per line (avg) 23
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 139
Words per stanza (avg) 33
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Augustus Montague Toplady

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. more…

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