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 cont… Go to person page >
How welcome was the call. Sir H. W. Baker. [Holy Matrimony.] Appeared in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861, and the revised edition, 1875. It has attained to great popularity, especially in America, and is a favourite marriage hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
How welcome was the call, p. 540, i. In the 1904 ed. of Hymns Ancient & Modern, st. ii. of the old edition is omitted, and the line "0 bless, as erst of old” is altered to "0 bless now, as of old." By this arrangement a copyright has been created for the hymn in this form.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)