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 1860–77, 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