Robert Stephen Hawker

Robert Stephen Hawker
Short Name: Robert Stephen Hawker
Full Name: Hawker, Robert Stephen, 1803?-1873
Birth Year (est.): 1803
Death Year: 1873

Hawker, Robert Stephen, M.A., grandson of Dr. Robert Hawker, was born at Plymouth, Dec. 3, 1804, and educated at Pembroke College, Oxford (B.A. 1828, M.A. 1836). On taking Holy Orders in 1829, he became Curate of Wellcombe, Devon, and in 1834 Vicar of Morwenstow, Cornwall. He died at Morwenstow, Aug. 15, 1873, having been received into the Roman Catholic communion the previous evening. He published several poetical works, including Ecclesia, 1840, in which some of his hymns appeared. Hymns by him were also published in Lyra Messianica, 1864. His “Child Jesus, a Cornish Carol," beginning, "Welcome, that star in Judah's sky," appeared in both these works. Very few of his hymns are in common use.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology


Hawker, R. S, p. 499, i, The statement on p. 499, respecting the death of R. S. Hawker, is an error through imperfect information. He died at Plymouth on March 25, 1875, and was buried in the cemetery of that town. His life and works have been set forth in The Vicar of Monvenstow, by S. Baring-Gould, 1876; 3rd ed. 1899; Memorials, &c, by F. G. Low, 1876; and The Life and Letters of R. S. Hawker, by C. E. Byles, 1905.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Robert Stephen Hawker (3 December 1803 – 15 August 1875) was an Anglican priest, poet, antiquarian of Cornwall and reputed eccentric. He is best known as the writer of The Song of the Western Men with its chorus line of And shall Trelawny die? / Here's twenty thousand Cornish men / will know the reason why!, which he published anonymously in 1825. His name became known after Charles Dickens acknowledged his authorship of "The Song of the Western Men" in the serial magazine Household Words.

Texts by Robert Stephen Hawker (12)sort descendingAsInstances
Abba, Father, Lord we call TheeRobert S. Hawker (Author)5
Abba, Father! we adore TheeRobert S. Hawker (1804-1873) (Author)3
Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing, Bid us now depart in peaceRobert Hawkes (Author)67
Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing, Fill our hearts with joy and peaceRobert Hawker (Author)3
Once more, before we part, Great God, attend our prayerRobert S. Hawker (Author)3
Once more before we part, O bless the Savior's nameRobert S. Hawker (Author)1
Sing to the Lord glad hymns of praiseR. S. Hawker, 1804-75 (Author)2
Sing to the Lord the children's hymnRobert S. Hawker (Author)15
Spirit Jehova, glorious LordRobert S. Hawker (Author)3
We bless thee, O thou great amenRobert S. Hawker (Author)2
Welcome that star in Judah's skyR. S. Hawker (Author)4
When first at God's commandRobert S. Hawker (Author)2

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