Baxter, Richard. Only s. of Richard Baxter, yeoman, Eaton Constantine, Shropshire, b. at Rowton, Shropshire, Nov. 12,1615. He was educated at Wroxeter School, and for a time held the Mastership of the Dudley Grammar School. On taking Holy Orders, he became, in 1640, Ourate of Kidderminster. Subsequently he was for some time chaplain to one of Cromwell's regiments. Through weakness he had to take an enforced rest, during which he wrote his Saints’ Everlasting Rest. On regaining his health he returned to Kidderminster, where he remained until 1660, when he removed to London. At the Restoration he became chaplain to Charles II and was offered the bishopric of Hereford, which he refused. On the passing of the Act of Uniformity, he retired fro… Go to person page >
My whole, though broken heart, O Lord. B. Baxter. [Resignation.] Appeared in his Poetical Fragments, 1(381, p. 81, in 8 stanzas of 8 lines, and entitled, "The Covenant and Confidence of Faith." To it is appended the note: “This Covenant, my dear wife, in her former sickness, subscribed with a cheerful will." The hymn was republished in Pickering's reprint of the Poetical Fragments, 1821. In its complete form it is not found in modern hymn-books. The following centos therefrom are in common use:—
1. Christ leads me through no darker rooms. This is in the Cooke and Denton Hymnal, 1853, and several American collections.
2. Come, Lord, when grace has made me meet. In The Church Praise Book, N. Y., 1882.
3. Lord, it belongs not to my care. This is the most popular of the centos. It is in extensive use in all English-speaking countries.
4. Lord, it is not for us to care. This ranks in popularity next to No. 3.
5. Lord, may we feel no anxious care. This appeared in Hall's Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, No. 248, and is found in a few modern collections.
6. Now it belongs not to my care. This also is somewhat limited in use.
When all these centos are taken into account the popularity and acceptablencss of this hymn are very marked.