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:
- One Hundred Original Hymns for the Young, 1850
- Hymns for Little Children, 1851
- The Child-Life of David
- The Book of Psalms in English Verse, 1871
- Scripture Characters in Verse
- Children Who Are Gone to Glory
- Children, You Have Gone Astray
- Come, Let Us Sing Our Maker’s Praise
- Father of Mercies, Hear
- God Is Love, Delightful Truth
- Happy Would It Be for Me
- Hark! A Still Small Voice Is Heard
- Heavenly Father, We Draw Near Thee
- I Often Say My Prayers
- Lord Attends When Children Pray, The
- None Is Like God
- O Thou That Hearest Prayer
- Pilgrims We Are and Strangers
- Remember Thy Creator Now
- Savior, While My Heart Is Tender
- That Kind Eye Which Cannot Sleep
- Though We Are Young, Our Sins Are Great
- We Do Not Love Thee as We Ought
- Why Did Jesus Come from Heaven?
- Why Should We Spend Our Youthful Days?
Burton’s burial place