1. Jesu, for the beacon-light
By Thy holy Doctors given,
When the mists of error’s night,
Gathered o’er the path to Heav’n;
For the witness that they bare
To the truth they learned of Thee,
For the glory that they share,
Let our praise accepted be.
2. In Jerusalem below
They were workmen at Thy call,
Each with one hand met the foe,
With the other built the wall;
Watchmen on the mountain set,
Scribes instructed in Thy Word,
Fishers with the Gospel net,
Drawing souls to Thee their Lord.
3. Like Thy learnèd sons of yore,
Jesu, may Thy Pastors still
Know and teach Thy sacred lore
With brave heart and patient skill;
In these latter days of strife
Keep, O keep them true to Thee,
Till beside the well of life
Light in Thine own light they see.
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 >
Jesu, for the beacon-light. Sir H. W. Baker. [ Festival of Martyrs. For a Doctor.] Written for and first published in the Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1868, and repeated in the revised edition, 1875.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)