1784–1849
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Jan­u­a­ry 31, 1784, Car­lisle, Cum­ber­land, Eng­land.

Feb­ru­a­ry 19, 1849, Wood­bridge, Suf­folk, Eng­land.

Qua­ker Bur­i­al Ground, Wood­bridge, Suf­folk, Eng­land.

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© National Portrait Gallery

Barton was Bri­tain’s coun­ter­part to Am­er­i­can John Green­leaf Whit­ti­er. Like Whit­ti­er, he was called the Qua­ker Po­et.

Barton at­tend­ed a Qua­ker school in Ip­swich. In 1798, he was ap­pren­ticed to a Mr. S. Je­sup, a shop­keep­er at Hal­stead, Es­sex, with whom he stayed un­til 1806.

Ba­rton then moved to Wood­bridge, Suf­folk, and en­tered into bus­i­ness with his bro­ther as a coal and corn mer­chant. He mar­ried, but his wife died af­ter on­ly a year. Bar­ton then moved to Li­ver­pool for a short while, but re­turned to Woodb­ridge in 1810.

A bank clerk by pro­fes­sion, he wrote 10 books of po­ems, ma­ny of which became hymns. His works in­clude:

  1. Around Be­the­sda’s Heal­ing Wave
  2. Fear Not, Zi­on’s Sons and Daugh­ters
  3. Hath the In­vi­ta­tion End­ed?
  4. He Who Win a War­ri­or’s Fame
  5. Lamp of Our Feet
  6. Say Not the Law Di­vine
  7. See We Not Be­yond the Por­tal?
  8. There Is a Life More Dear
  9. Those Who Live in Love Shall Know
  10. Walk in the Light
  11. We Jour­ney Through a Vale of Tears
  12. Wouldst Thou Share This Ben­e­dic­tion?