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 >
Shall we not love thee, Mother dear. Sir H. W. Baker. [Blessed Virgin Mary.] Written for and first appeared in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, and again, after revision, in the revised edition, 1875.
Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness."
Like many of Dykes's…
Display Title: Shall we not love thee, Mother dearFirst Line: Shall we not love thee, Mother dearTune Title: BEATITUDOAuthor: H. W. Baker, 1821-77Meter: CMDate: 1986Subject: The Blessed Virgin Mary | ; The Christian Year | Festivals and Other Holy Days: Proper; Mothering Sunday | ; The Annunciation | March 25th