1804-1875
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December 3, 1804, in the vicarage of Charles Church, Plymouth, England.

August 15, 1875. He had joined the Roman Catholic church the previous evening. Julian reports the death as August 15, 1873, Morwenstow, Cornwall. Hayden & Newton give it as March 25, 1875, Plymouth, England.

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth, England.

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Charles Church
Plymouth, England

Son of Jacob Stephen Hawker, Robert was educated at Liskeard Grammar School, Cornwall; Cheltenham Grammar School; and Pembroke College, Oxford (BA 1827, MA 1836). He won the 1827 Newdigate Prize for poetry.

Hawker took Holy Orders in 1829 and became Curate at Wellcombe, Devon, and in 1834 Vicar of Morwenstow, Cornwall. He published several poetical works, including Ecclesia (1840), in which some of his hymns appeared. Some were also published in Lyra Messianica (1864). He also wrote The Song of the Western Men, published anonymously in 1825.

  1. Abba, Father, Lord We Call Thee
  2. Baptized into Thy Name
  3. Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing
  4. Once More Before We Part
  5. Sing to the Lord the Children’s Hymn
  6. Spirit Jehova, Glorious Lord
  7. We Bless Thee, O Thou Great Amen
  8. Welcome, That Star in Judah’s Sky
  9. When First at God’s Command