A sovereign protector I have
A sovereign protector I have. Augustus Montague Toplady* (1740-1778).
This hymn was published in The Gospel Magazine (December 1774), with the title ‘A chamber hymn’. It is found in Toplady’s diary for 1 January 1768. ‘A sovereign protector I have’ is actually the fifth line of the opening stanza; the hymn originally began with a vivid description of the need for sleep, from which comes the ‘chamber’ (bedchamber) of the title:
What tho' my frail Eyelids refuse
Continual watching to keep,
And punctual, as Midnight renews,
Demand the refreshment of Sleep;
A sov'reign Protector I have,…
It had six 8-line verses, which have usually been shortened, as in RS, which (in common with...
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