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.


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 to 1877, 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. Jesu, for the Beacon-Light
  6. King of Love My Shepherd Is, The
  7. Lord Jesus, God and Man
  8. Lord, Thy Word Abideth
  9. My Father, for Another Night
  10. O God of Love, O King of Peace
  11. O Holy Ghost, Thy People Bless
  12. O Perfect Life of Love
  13. O Praise Our God Today
  14. O Praise Ye the Lord
  15. Oh! What, If We Are Christ’s
  16. Out of the Deep I Call
  17. Praise, O Praise Our God and King
  18. Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven
  19. Rejoice Today with One Accord
  20. Sing Praise to the Lord!
  21. There Is a Blessèd Home
  22. ’Tis Done! That New and Heavenly Birth
  1. Captains of the Saintly Band
  2. Good It Is to Keep the Fast
  3. Jesu, Grant Me This, I Pray
  4. Now My Soul, Thy Voice Upraising
  5. O Christ, Redeemer of Our Race
  6. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
  7. On This Day, the First of Days
  8. Sion’s Daughter, Weep No More
  9. Sweet Flowerets of the Martyr Band
  10. What Our Father Does Is Well
  1. St. Timothy
  2. Stephanos