1615-1691

November 12, 1615, Rowton, Shropshire, England.

December 8, 1691, London, England.

Christ Church, London, England; the church was destroyed in World War II, so the exact location of his grave is now known only to God.

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Baxter was educated at Wroexter School, and for a time held the Mastership of the Dudley Grammar School. On taking Holy Orders, he became Curate of Kidderminster in 1640. 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 stayed until 1660, when he moved to London. At the Restoration, he became chaplain to King Charles II, and was offered the bishopric of Hereford, which he declined. On the passing of the Act of Uniformity, he retired from active duty as an Anglican minister. Around 1673, he obtained a license as a Non-conformist minister and began lecturing in London. Baxter’s works include:

  1. He Lacks Not Friends That Hath Thy Love
  2. Lord, It Belongs Not to My Care
  3. Ye Holy Angels Bright