June 5, 1752, London, England.

May 29, 1832, St. Pancras, London, England.

Bunhill Fields, London, England.


An engraver, Burder followed Methodist George Whitefield for a while, then became pastor of a Congregational church in Lancashire. His services were often interrupted; in Preston there was a theatre in the same building, and once Romeo—in full costume—burst in and demanded that the service stop. He later moved to Coventry and founded the city’s first Sunday School (1785); one of the first pupils was John Eagleton, later a preacher and church music composer.

Burder lived in London the last 30 years of his life, pastoring at Fetter Lane. He helped found the Religious Tract Society (1799) and the British and Foreign Bible Society, and served as Secretary of the London Missionary Society. His works include:

  1. Come, Desire of Nations, Come
  2. Come, Holy Spirit, Calm My Mind
  3. Come, Let Us Join to Praise Our Lord
  4. Come Ye That Know and Fear the Lord
  5. Jesus, Hail! Enthroned in Glory
  6. Jesus, Immortal King! Arise
  7. Let Us Be Glad and Rejoice Together
  8. Lift High Your Cheerful Voices
  9. Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing
  10. Lord of Glory, Who Hast Bought Us
  11. Not with Grudging or Complaining
  12. Now May the Lord of Earth and Skies
  13. Rise, Sun of Glory, Rise
  14. Sweet the Time, Exceeding Sweet
    • Gladsome ’Tis When Christians Meet
    • Great the Joy, the Union Sweet
    • Great the Joy When Christians Meet
  15. This Precious Truth His Word Declares
  16. When Dark, Gloomy Shadows
  1. Luton