1821–1877

May 27, 1821, Bel­mont House (now called the Bruns­wick House), Vaux­hall, Sur­rey, Eng­land.

Feb­ru­a­ry 12, 1877, Monk­land, Her­e­ford­shire, Eng­land. His friend John El­ler­ton re­port­ed that Bak­er’s dy­ing words were from his fa­mous hymn:

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home, rejoicing, brought me.

All Saints Church, Monk­land, Her­e­ford­shire, Eng­land.

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Baker was the son of Vice Ad­mir­al Hen­ry Lo­raine Ba­ker.

He at­tend­ed Tri­ni­ty Col­lege, Cam­bridge, was or­dained in 1844, and be­came as­sist­ant cur­ate at Great Hock­es­ley, near Col­ches­ter, Es­sex.

In 1851, he be­came Vi­car of Monk­land Pri­ory Church in Her­e­ford­shire, where he served most of his life. Up­on his fa­ther’s death in 1859, Bak­er as­sumed the fam­i­ly bar­on­et­cy.

From 1860–77, he was ed­it­or-in-chief of the An­gli­can Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, and con­tri­but­ed hymns, tunes, and trans­la­tions. This his­to­ric hym­nal sold 60 mill­ion co­pies.

  1. Almighty God, Whose On­ly Son
  2. From High­est Heav’n the Eter­nal Son
  3. God Made Me for Him­self
  4. How Wel­come Was the Call
  5. I Am Not Wor­thy, Ho­ly Lord
  6. Jesu, for the Bea­con-Light
  7. King of Love My Shep­herd Is, The
  8. Lord Je­sus, God and Man
  9. Lord, Thy Word Abid­eth
  10. My Fa­ther, for An­oth­er Night
  11. O God of Love, O King of Peace
  12. O Ho­ly Ghost, Thy Peo­ple Bless
  13. O Per­fect Life of Love
  14. O Praise Our God To­day
  15. O Praise Ye the Lord
  16. Oh! What, If We Are Christ’s
  17. Out of the Deep I Call
  18. Praise, O Praise Our God and King
  19. Redeemed, Res­tored, For­giv­en
  20. Rejoice To­day with One Ac­cord
  21. Sing Praise to the Lord!
  22. There Is a Bless­èd Home
  23. ’Tis Done! That New and Hea­ven­ly Birth
  24. We Love the Place, O Lord (re­vis­er)
  1. Blest Tri­ni­ty, from Mor­tal Sight
  2. Captains of the Saint­ly Band
  3. Good It Is to Keep the Fast
  4. Jesu, Grant Me This, I Pray
  5. Now My Soul, Thy Voice Up­rais­ing
  6. O Christ, Re­deem­er of Our Race
  7. O Sac­red Head, Sur­round­ed
  8. Of the Fa­ther’s Love Be­got­ten
  9. On This Day, the First of Days
  10. Sion’s Daugh­ter, Weep No More
  11. Sweet Flow­er­ets of the Mar­tyr Band
  12. What Our Fa­ther Does Is Well
  1. St. Ti­mo­thy
  2. Stephanos