February 18, 1823, Edinburgh, Scotland.

November 27, 1864, Menton, France.

Highgate Cemetery, London, England.


Burns earned his MA degree at the University of Edinburgh. He received his theological training under Thomas Chalmers, and in 1845, became a Free Church minister in Dunblane, Scotland. However, he resigned in 1848 due to bad health. He then took charge of the Presbyterian Church at Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. In 1855, his health improved, he returned to England and became minister of Hampstead Presbyterian Church in London. After nine years, he again traveled abroad due to ill health. His hymns appeared in:

Burns also wrote the article Hymn in the 8th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

  1. Along a Weary Way We Go
  2. Apostle Slept, a Light Shone in the Prison, The
  3. As a Helpless Child Who Clings
  4. As on a Hill Top Gained at Last
  5. As Trustful as a Child Who Looks
  6. At Thy Feet, Our God and Father
  7. Conscious of Thee, O Lord
  8. Dove and the Ark, The
  9. Faint Yet Pursuing!
  10. From Place to Place the Christian Goes
  11. Go Forth upon the Lonely Sea
  12. He Who the Rule to God Hath Yielded
  13. Heaven and Earth, and Sea, and Air
  14. Heavenly Shepherd, The
  15. Hushed Was the Evening Hymn
  16. Hushed Was the Hymn, the Temple Dark
  17. I Muse, My Savior, on the Day
  18. Jesus Shall the Watchword Be
  19. Jew’s Lament, The
  20. Lament of David over Saul and Jonathan
  21. Mourner in the Dust Low-Lying
  22. No More Let Sorrow Cloud the Eye
  23. Not, Lord, unto That Mount of Dread
  24. O Happy Place That Heard the Voice
  25. O Jerusalem, Fair Dwelling
  26. O Thou Whose Sacred Feet Have Trod
  27. O Time of Tranquil Joy and Holy Feeling!
  28. Rise Up, Long Buried City
  29. Still with Thee, O My God
  30. This Night, O Lord, We Bless Thee
  31. Thou, Lord, Art Love, and Everywhere
  32. Thou Who Didst on Calvary Bleed
  33. Thy Waters, Tyre, Once Hailed Thee Queen
  34. Voice Is Heard on Earth of Kinsfolk Weeping, A
  35. We Wait for Thee, All Glorious One
  1. O Abide in Him, Who for Us
  2. All That God Does Is Rightly Done
  3. All the Saints Will Meet on High
  4. Friend of Souls, and Our Salvation
  5. From Place to Place the Christian Goes
  6. From Thee, O Faithful God
  7. God Is Love, Sing Loud Before Him
  8. He Who to Death Maintaineth
  9. Heaven, and Earth, and Sea, and Air
  10. He Who the Rule to God Hath Yielded
  11. Heavier the Cross, the Nearer Heaven, The
  12. Help Me to Pray, Lord!
  13. In the Abyss of Gloom and Misery
  14. Jesus, Lead the Way
  15. Jesus! Shall the Watchword Be
  16. Lord, I Come, Thy Grace Adoring
  17. Love over the Departed
  18. Moon Up Heaven Is Going, The
  19. Now All Give Thanks to God
  20. Now on the Holy Ghost We Call
  21. Now the Crucible Is Breaking
  22. O Jerusalem! Fair Dwelling
  23. O Little Flock, Be Not Afraid
  24. O Sun, if from Thy Light a Ray
  25. O World! See Thy Life Languish
  26. Shepherd by His Passion, The
  27. So Will I Abide Forever
  28. Still Downward Goes Christ’s Way
  29. To God Alone on High Be Praise
  30. Up, Awake! His Summons Hurried
  31. Waterfloods Will I Send Rushing
  32. We Meet, O Lord, with Voice and Heart
  33. We Wait for Thee, All Glorious One
  34. Who Are Those Before God’s Throne?
  35. Will Not My Memory Treasure?
  36. Wonderful and Blessed
  37. Yes, Thou Art Mine, Still Mine, My Son