Robert Hawker

Gentleman, if you want something full of marrow and fatness, cheering to your own hearts by way of comment, and likely to help you in giving your hearers rich expositions, buy Dr. Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary.

Dr. Hawker was the very least of commentators in the matter of criticism, but he sees Jesus, and that is a sacred gift which is most precious whether the owner be a critic or no.

There is always such a savor of the Lord Jesus Christ in Dr. Hawker that you cannot read him without profit."

- Charles H. Spurgeon from "Commenting on Commentaries"

Robert Hawker’s list of works in the British Catalogue of Printed Books takes up six columns. His collected Works were published in 10 volumes in 1831, four years after his death.

  1. He is remembered today for the following:
    The Poor Man's Morning Portion (1809) (Download)
    The Poor Man's Evening Portion (1819) (Download)
    These, of course are daily devotionals.

  2. Other works He has done:

    The Poor Man's Commentary on the New Testament, 4 volumes (1816)
    The Poor Man's Commentary on the Old Testament, 6 volumes (1822)

    The "poor man" in all these titles refers to the fact that he both wrote and priced these books so that they would be understandable and inexpensive to even the poorest members of his flock.