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H. W. Baker

H. W. Baker
Short Name: H. W. Baker
Full Name: Baker, H. W. (Henry Williams), 1821-1877
Birth Year: 1821
Death Year: 1877

Baker, Sir Henry Williams, Bart., eldest son of Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, born in London, May 27, 1821, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1847. Taking Holy Orders in 1844, he became, in 1851, Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire. This benefice he held to his death, on Monday, Feb. 12, 1877. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1851. Sir Henry's name is intimately associated with hymnody. One of his earliest compositions was the very beautiful hymn, "Oh! what if we are Christ's," which he contributed to Murray's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church, 1852. His hymns, including metrical litanies and translations, number in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 33 in all. These were contributed at various times to Murray's Hymnal, Hymns Ancient & Modern and the London Mission Hymn Book, 1876-7. The last contains his three latest hymns. These are not included in Hymns Ancient & Modern. Of his hymns four only are in the highest strains of jubilation, another four are bright and cheerful, and the remainder are very tender, but exceedingly plaintive, sometimes even to sadness. Even those which at first seem bright and cheerful have an undertone of plaintiveness, and leave a dreamy sadness upon the spirit of the singer. Poetical figures, far-fetched illustrations, and difficult compound words, he entirely eschewed. In his simplicity of language, smoothness of rhythm, and earnestness of utterance, he reminds one forcibly of the saintly Lyte. In common with Lyte also, if a subject presented itself to his mind with striking contrasts of lights and shadows, he almost invariably sought shelter in the shadows. The last audible words which lingered on his dying lips were the third stanza of his exquisite rendering of the 23rd Psalm, "The King of Love, my Shepherd is:"—

Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His Shoulder gently laid,
And home, rejoicing, brought me."

This tender sadness, brightened by a soft calm peace, was an epitome of his poetical life.
Sir Henry's labours as the Editor of Hymns Ancient & Modern were very arduous. The trial copy was distributed amongst a few friends in 1859; first ed. published 1861, and the Appendix, in 1868; the trial copy of the revised ed. was issued in 1874, and the publication followed in 1875. In addition he edited Hymns for the London Mission, 1874, and Hymns for Mission Services, n.d., c. 1876-7. He also published Daily Prayers for those who work hard; a Daily Text Book, &c. In Hymns Ancient & Modern there are also four tunes (33, 211, 254, 472) the melodies of which are by Sir Henry, and the harmonies by Dr. Monk. He died Feb. 12, 1877.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by H. W. Baker (58)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
¡Alabad al Dios y Rey!Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877 (Author)Spanish3
Almighty God, Whose only SonHenry Williams Baker (Author)English19
Blest Trinity, from mortal sightHenry Williams Baker (Author)English13
Captains of the saintly bandSir H. W. Baker (Translator)English14
Come see the place where Jesus lay, And hear the angelic watchers sayHenry W. Baker (Alterer)English2
Dia vorto restasK-ro Henry Williams Baker (Author)Esperanto3
El rey de amor es mi pastorHenry Williams Baker, 1821-1877 (Author)Spanish5
Father, who didst fashion meHenry Williams Baker (Author)English4
From highest Heav'n the eternal Son, With God the Father ever OneHenry W. Baker (Author)English2
God made me for himself, to serve him hereHenry Williams Baker (Author)English6
God, the Father, from thy throneHenry Williams Baker (Author)English4
God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit, Three in one, spare us Holy Trinity (Baker)Rev. Sir H. W. Baker (Author)2
Good it is to keep the fastH. W. Baker (Translator)English2
Grace! 'tis a charming soundHenry Williams Baker (Author)English1
Great God, who, hid from mortal sightHenry Williams Baker (Author)English5
Hodiaŭ ĝoju ĉies kor'Henry Williams Baker (Author)Esperanto2
How welcome was the callSir H. W. Baker (Author)English23
I am not worthy, holy LordSir Henry W. Baker (Author)English55
In prayer together let us fallRev. Sir Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877 (Alterer)4
Jerusalem, my happy home, O how I long for theeH. W. Baker, died 1877 (Translator)English1
Jesus, for the beacon lightSir Henry Williams Baker (Author)English3
Jesu, grant me this, I prayRev. Sir H. W. Baker (Translator)English19
Kun ama zorgo paŝtas minHenry Williams Baker (Author)Esperanto3
Lo the angels food is givenH. W. Baker (Author)2
Lord Jesus, God and man, On this our festal dayHenry Williams Baker (Author)English19
Lord Jesus, God and man, For love of man a childHenry Williams Baker (Author)5
Lord, Thy word abidethHenry Williams Baker, 1821-77 (Author)English159
My Father, for another nightH. W. Baker (Author)English42
Now, my soul, thy voice upraising, Tell in sweet and mournful strainHenry Williams Baker (Author)English28
O Christ, Redeemer of our raceH. W. Baker (Author)English6
O God of love, O King of peaceHenry Williams Baker (Author)English210
O Holy Ghost thy people blessH. W. Baker, 1821-1877 (Author)English18
O Holy Spirit, come to blessH. W. Baker, 1821-1877 (Author)3
O perfect life of loveRev. Sir Henry W. Baker (Author)English71
O praise our God today, His constant mercy blessHenry Williams Baker (Author)English58
Sing praise to the Lord! Praise him in the heightsHenry Williams Baker, 1821-1877 (Author)English55
O sacred head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed downHenry Williams Baker 1821-77 (Translator)English3
O sacred head surrounded By crown of piercing thornH. W. Baker (Translator)English59
One Father, who's giving me lifeHenry Williams Baker, 1821-1877 (Translator)1
Of the Father's heart begottenHenry Williams Baker, 1821-1877 (Translator)English1
Of the Father's love begottenHenry W. Baker (Translator)English96
O what, if we are Christ'sH. W. Baker (Author)English106
On this day, the first of daysHenry Williams Baker (Author)English63
Out of the deep I call To Thee, O Lord, to TheeHenry Williams Baker (Author)English49
Praise, my soul, the King of heavenRev. Sir Henry Williams Baker, 1821-1877 (Author)English14
Praise, O praise our God and KingHenry W. Baker (Author)English99
Redeemed, restored, forgivenHenry Williams Baker (Author)12
Rejoice today with one accordHenry Williams Baker (Author)English47
Remember, Lord, thy works of oldH. W. Baker (Author)English2
Shall we not love thee, mother dearH. W. Baker, 1821-77 (Author)English5
Sweet flowerets of the martyr bandH. W. Baker (Translator)English4
The King of love my Shepherd isRev. Henry W. Baker (Author)English585
There is a blessed home Beyond this land of woeSir H. W. Baker (Author)English143
'Tis done, that new and heavenly birthRev. Sir H. W. Baker (Author)3
We love the place, O GodHenry Williams Baker (Author)English49
We love Thy Church, O LordHenry Williams Baker, 1821-1877 (Author)English1
What our Father does is wellHenry Williams Baker (Author)English24
Zion's daughter, weep no moreHenry Williams Baker (Author)English9

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