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 (57)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
¡Alabad al Dios y Rey!H. W. Baker (Author)Spanish2
Almighty God, Whose only SonHenry Williams Baker (Author)English18
Angels we have heard on highHenry Williams Baker (Author)English1
Blest Trinity, from mortal sightHenry W. Baker, 1821-77 (Translator)English13
Captains of the saintly bandH. W. Baker, 1821-77 (Translator)English9
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 W. Baker (Author)Spanish4
Father, who didst fashion meRev. Sir Henry W. Baker, 1821- (Translator)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 hereH. W. 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)Henry Williams 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 sightRev. Henry Williams Baker, 1821- (Translator)English5
Hodiaŭ ĝoju ĉies kor'Henry Williams Baker (Author)Esperanto2
How welcome was the callRev. Sir Henry Williams Baker, 1821- (Author)English22
I am not worthy, holy LordHenry Williams Baker (Author)English54
In prayer together let us fallRev. Sir Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877 (Alterer)4
Jesus, for the beacon lightSir Henry Williams Baker (Author)English3
Jesu, grant me this, I prayRev. Sir Henry Williams Baker, 1821- (Translator)English16
Kun ama zorgo paŝtas minHenry Williams Baker (Author)Esperanto3
Lo the angels food is givenHenry Williams Baker (Author)2
Lord Jesus, God and man, On this our festal dayHenry Williams Baker (Author)English18
Lord Jesus, God and man, For love of man a childH. W. Baker (Author)5
Lord, Thy word abidethHenry Williams Baker (Author)English153
My Father, for another nightHenry Williams Baker (Author)English43
Now, my soul, thy voice upraising, Tell in sweet and mournful strainHenry Williams Baker (Author)English26
O Christ, Redeemer of our raceHenry Williams Baker (Author)English6
O God of love, O King of peaceHenry Williams Baker (Author)English203
O Holy Ghost thy people blessRev. Sir H. W. B. (Author)English17
O Holy Spirit, come to blessH. W. Baker, 1821-1877 (Author)3
O perfect life of loveHenry Williams Baker (Author)English67
O praise our God today, His constant mercy blessSir H. W. Baker (Author)English57
Sing praise to the Lord! Praise him in the heightsHenry Williams Baker (Author)50
O sacred head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed downH. W. Baker (Translator (st. 5))English2
One Father, who's giving me lifeHenry Williams Baker, 1821-1877 (Translator)1
O sacred head surrounded By crown of piercing thornHenry William Baker, 1821-1877 (Translator (v. 1))English57
O what, if we are Christ'sSir Henry William Baker (Author)English103
Of the Father's heart begottenHenry Williams Baker, 1821-1877 (Translator)English1
Of the Father's love begottenSir Henry Williams Baker, Bart. (1821-1877) (Translator)English94
On this day, the first of daysHenry W. Baker, 1821-1877 (Translator)English62
Out of the deep I call To Thee, O Lord, to TheeHenry W. Baker (Author)English48
Praise, my soul, the King of heavenSir Henry W. Baker (Author)English14
Praise, O praise our God and KingHenry Williams Baker (Author)English96
Redeemed, restored, forgivenSir H. W. Baker (Author)12
Rejoice today with one accordHenry Williams Baker (Author)English45
Remember, Lord, thy works of oldRev. Henry W. Baker (Author)English2
Shall we not love thee, mother dearHenry Williams Baker, 1821-1877 (Author)English4
Sweet flowerets of the martyr bandHenry W. Baker, 1821-77 (Translator)English4
The King of love my Shepherd isSir H. W. Baker (Author)English557
There is a blessed home Beyond this land of woeHenry Williams Baker (Author)English135
'Tis done, that new and heavenly birthH. W. Baker (Author)3
We love the place, O GodHenry Williams Baker (Author)English49
What our Father does is wellHenry Williams Baker (Author)English24
Zion's daughter, weep no moreRev. Sir Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877) (Translator)English9

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