1803–1877
portrait

Ju­ly 23, 1803, Strat­ford, West Ham, Es­sex, Eng­land.

Jan­u­a­ry 22, 1877, Strat­ford, West Ham, Es­sex, Eng­land.

J. B. Ess­ex.

A pop­u­lar hymn writ­er for child­ren, Bur­ton worked as a coop­er in Strat­ford for about 50 years, and served as a dea­con at the Con­gre­ga­tional­ist cha­pel he at­tend­ed.

His con­tri­bu­tions to hym­no­dy be­gan in 1822, when he sent his first ef­fort to the Ev­an­ge­li­cal Magazine. He con­tin­ued to con­trib­ute to that and oth­er per­i­od­ic­als for ma­ny years.

His works in­clude:

  1. Children Who Are Gone to Glo­ry
  2. Children, You Have Gone As­tray
  3. Come, Let Us Sing Our Mak­er’s Praise
  4. Father of Mer­cies, Hear
  5. God Is Love, De­light­ful Truth
  6. Happy Would It Be for Me
  7. Hark! A Still Small Voice Is Heard
  8. Heavenly Fa­ther, We Draw Near Thee
  9. I Oft­en Say My Pray­ers
  10. Lord At­tends When Child­ren Pray, The
  11. None Is Like God
  12. O Thou That Hear­est Pray­er
  13. Pilgrims We Are and Stran­gers
  14. Remember Thy Cre­at­or Now
  15. Savior, While My Heart Is Ten­der
  16. That Kind Eye Which Can­not Sleep
  17. Though We Are Young, Our Sins Are Great
  18. We Do Not Love Thee as We Ought
  19. Why Did Je­sus Come from Hea­ven?
  20. Why Should We Spend Our Youth­ful Days?

Burton’s bu­ri­al place