Hymn #571: O God of Love, O God of Peace
Henry Williams Baker called this tune WHITBURN for a small town in England where he wrote it in 1854. It was renamed HESPERUS, meaning “Evening Star,” when set with the text “Sun of My Soul.” Other names found in hymnals for this tune are ELIM, QUEBEC, and VENN.
Henry W. Baker was born in London, England, on May 27, 1821. A celibate High Churchman, he served only one parish during his career. He was the editor of the monumental work Hymns Ancient and Modern, which was the best-selling hymnal ever published. He died at Monkland, England, on February 12, 1877.