February 12, 1812, Woodstock, Connecticut.

March 18, 1871, Brooklyn, New York.

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

Burleigh was an active reformer and member of the Unitarian denomination. In 1837, he went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where, having been previously apprenticed in the printing trade, he published the Christian Witness and Temperance Banner. In 143, he became editor of the Christian Freeman at Hartford, Connecticut. From 1849–55, he was an agent of the New York State Temperance Society. From 1855–70, he was Harbormaster in New York City.

Burleigh contributed poems and hymns to various periodicals and journals. Many of these were collected and published as Poems (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 1841). This volume was enlarged with additional pieces and republished by Burleigh’s widow in 1871.

  1. Abide Not in the Realm of Dreams
  2. Fades from the West the Farewell Light
  3. Father, Beneath Thy Sheltering Wing
  4. For the Dear Love That Kept Us
  5. From Profoundest Depths of Tribulation
  6. Lead Us, O Father
  7. Not in Vain I Poured My Supplication
  8. O Deem Not That Earth’s Crowning Bliss
  9. Still Will We Trust
  10. There Is a Beautiful Land by the Spoiler Untrod
  11. They Who Have Kept Their Spirit’s Virgin Whiteness
  12. Thou Who Look’st with Pitying Eye
  13. Through the Changes of the Day
  14. We Ask Not That Our Path Be Always Bright
  15. When Gladness Gilds Our Prosperous Day