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O Perfect Life of Love!   1 comment

Above:  One of My Crucifixes

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927)

Text (1875) by Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877)


O perfect life of love!

All, all is finished now,

All that He left His throne above

To do for us below.


No work is left undone

Of all the Father willed;

His toils and sorrows, one by one,

The Scripture have fulfilled.


No pain that we can share

But He has felt its smart;

All forms of human grief and care

Have pierced that tender heart.


And on His thorn-crowned head,

And on His sinless soul,

Our sins in all their guild were laid,

That He might make us whole.


In perfect love He dies;

For me He dies, for me!

I all-atoning Sacrifice,

I cling by faith to Thee.


In every time of need,

Before the judgment throne,

Thy work, O Lamb of God, I’ll plead,

Thy merits, not my own.


Yet work, O Lord, in me,

As thou for me hast wrought;

And let my love the answer be

To grace Thy love has brought.


Lord, Thy Word Abideth   1 comment

Above:  Part of My Biblical Studies Library, September 15, 2019

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Text (1861) by Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877)

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927)


Lord, Thy word abideth,

And our footsteps guideth;

Who its truth believeth

Light and joy receiveth.


When our foes are near us,

Then Thy word doth cheer us,

Word of consolation,

Message of salvation.


When the storms are o’er us,

And dark clouds before us,

Then its light directeth,

And our way protecteth.


Who can tell the pleasure,

Who recount the treasure,

By Thy word imparted

To the simple-hearted?


Word of mercy, giving

Succour to the living;

Word of life, supplying

Comfort to the dying!


O that we, discerning

Its most holy learning,

Lord, may love and fear Thee,

Evermore be near Thee!


I am Not Worthy, Holy Lord   1 comment

Above:  Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, Alabama

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnary–Revised Hymnary (1927)

Text (1875) by Henry Baker Williams (1821-1877)


I am not worthy, holy Lord,

That Thou should’st come to me;

Speak but the word; one gracious word

Can set the sinner free.


I am not worthy; cold and bare

The lodging of my soul;

How canst Thou deign to enter there?

Lord, speak, and make me whole.


I am not worthy; yet my God,

How can I say Thee nay, —

Thee, who didst give Thy flesh and blood

My ransom price to pay?


O come, in this sweet morning hour,

Feed me with food divine;

And fill with all Thy love and power

This worthless heart of mine.


One may substitute “evening” for “morning” in the last stanza.


Henry Williams Baker   2 comments

The Logo of The Church of England

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Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877), the Anglican Vicar of Monkland (1844-1877), was the Editor-in-Chief of Hymns, Ancient and Modern (1861).


O God of Love, O King of Peace:

The King of Love My Shepherd Is:

On This Day, the First of Days:

I am Worthy, Holy Lord:

Lord, Thy Word Abideth:

O Perfect Life of Love:


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On This Day, the First of Days   6 comments

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia, June 19, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)

Original Words in Latin; English translation by Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877), a priest of The Church of England, editor of Hymns Ancient and Modern, and author of many hymns


1.  On this day, the first of days,

God the Father’s name we praise,

who, creation’s Lord and spring,

did the world from darkness bring.

2.  On this day the eternal Son

over death his triumph won;

on this day the Spirit came

with his gifts of living flame.

3.  Father, who didst fashion me

image of thyself to be,

fill me with thy love divine,

let my every thought be thine.

4.  Holy Jesus, may I be

dead and buried here with thee;

and, by love inflamed, arise

unto thee a sacrifice.

5.  Thou, who dost all gifts impart,

shine, sweet Spirit, in my heart;

best of gifts thyself bestow;

make me burn thy love to know.

6.  God, the blessed three in one,

dwell within my heart alone;

thou dost give thyself to me:

may I give myself to thee.

The King of Love My Shepherd Is   14 comments

Image Source = Toby Hudson

Hymn Author = The Reverend Henry Williams Baker, Church of England, 1868

Hymn Source = Common Service Book (1917), of the United Lutheran Church in America


1.  The King of love my Shepherd is,

Whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am His

And He is mine forever.

2.  Where streams of living water flow

My ransomed soul he leadeth,

And, where the verdant pastures grow

With food celestial feedeth.

3.  Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

But yet in love He sought me,

And on His shoulder gently laid,

And home, rejoicing, brought me.

4.  In death’s dark vale I fear no ill

With thee, dear Lord, beside me,

Thy rod and staff my comfort still,

Thy cross before to guide me.

5.  Thou spread’st a table in my sight;

Thy unction grace bestoweth;

And O, what transport of delight

From thy pure chalice floweth!

6.  And so through all the length of days

Thy goodness faileth never;

Good Shepherd!  may I sing Thy praise

Within Thy house for ever.

O God of Love, O King of Peace   1 comment

Above:  The Peace Sign

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Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877), a priest of the Church of England, was chief editor of Hymns Ancient and Modern, as well as the author of many hymns.  My source for the following hymn by Baker is The Hymnary of The United Church of Canada (1930).


1. O God of love, O King of peace,

Make wars throughout the world to cease;

The wrath of sinful man restrain;

Give peace, O God, give peace again!

2.  Remember, Lord, Thy works of old,

The wonders that our fathers told;

Remember not our sin’s dark stain;

Give peace, O God, give peace again!

3.  Whom shall we trust but Thee, O Lord?

Where rest but on Thy faithful word?

None ever called on Thee in vain;

Give peace, O God, give peace again!

4. Where saints and angels dwell above,

All hearts are knit in holy love;

O bind us in that heavenly chain;

Give peace, O God, give peace again!