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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles

Sir Henry Williams Baker (1821–1877)

SIR HENRY WILLIAMS BAKER (1821–1877) was the son of Admiral Sir Henry Lorine Baker, and succeeded to the baronetcy in 1851. He was born in London, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. 1844, and M.A. 1847. From 1851 until his death in 1877 he was Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire, during which time he rendered the Church great service by editing “Hymns Ancient and Modern,” the most popular of modern hymn-books, to which he contributed a number of original hymns, metrical litanies, and translations. His most widely used hymn is his version of the twenty-third Psalm, the third verse of which formed his last utterance upon the bed of death.