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)