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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165

Author Bio Information

Baker, Henry Williams's bio information

Sunday, May 27, 1821 - Monday, February 12, 1877

Born: May 27, 1821, Belmont House, Vauxhall, Surrey, England.
Died: 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.

Buried: Monkland, Herefordshire, England.

Baker was the son of Vice Admiral Henry Loraine Baker. He attended Trinity College at 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, England, 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.


Almighty God, Whose Only Son
From Highest Heav’n the Eternal Son
God Made Me for Himself
How Welcome Was the Call
Jesu, for the Beacon-Light
King of Love My Shepherd Is, The
Lord Jesus, God and Man
Lord, Thy Word Abideth
My Father, for Another Night
O God of Love, O King of Peace
O Holy Ghost, Thy People Bless
O Perfect Life of Love
O Praise Our God Today
O Praise Ye the Lord
Oh! What, If We Are Christ’s
Out of the Deep I Call
Praise, O Praise Our God and King
Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven
Rejoice Today with One Accord
Sing Praise to the Lord!
Sweet Flow’rets of the Martyr Band
There Is a Blessèd Home
’Tis Done! That New and Heavenly Birth


Captains of the Saintly Band
Good It Is to Keep the Fast
Jesu, Grant Me This, I Pray
Now My Soul, Thy Voice Upraising
O Christ, Redeemer of Our Race
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
On This Day, the First of Days
Sion’s Daughter, Weep No More
What Our Father Does Is Well


St. Timothy


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