1840, Swannington, Leicestershire, England.

After Burton’s parents emigrated to America, he studied at Beloit College, Wisconsin, graduating with honors. He served as a Methodist Episcopal minister for a time, then returned to England and entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1865, working chiefly in Lancashire and London. As of 1911, Burton was living in Charnwood, West Kirby, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England.

His works include:

  1. Break, Day of God, Oh Break
  2. Break, Day of Kosmon, Break
  3. Cling, Brothers, Cling
  4. Come, for the Feast Is Spread
  5. Complete! O Sweet and Heavenly Word
  6. Day Is Past, the Shadows Round Are Falling, The
  7. Did You Hear the Angry Word?
  8. Gather Them in at the Master’s Call
  9. Have You Had a Kindness Shown?
  10. I Hear the Bells Across the Sea
  11. In the Secret of His Presence
  12. I’m Walking in the Shadows
  13. Light upon the Shore, A
  14. Look Away to Jesus, Soldier in the Fight
  15. Look Away to Jesus
  16. Look High, O Soul
  17. Music in the Soul
  18. O King of Kings, O Lord of Hosts
  19. O Maker of the Sea and Sky
  20. There Is a Stream That We All Must Cross
  21. There Is an Arm That Never Tires
  22. There’s a Light upon the Mountains
  23. We Come Thy Praise to Sing
  24. We Journey to a City Which Eye Hath Never Seen
  25. We Shall Have the Flow’rs Again
  26. What Shall I Sing for Thee?