Born: De­cem­ber 22, 1839, War­ren, Rhode Is­land.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 5, 1905, War­ren, Rhode Is­land.

Buried: But­ter­worth Ce­me­te­ry, War­ren, Rhode Is­land.


A widely tra­veled po­et and hym­nist, But­ter­worth was for 25 years con­nect­ed with the Youth’s Com­pan­ion as a reg­u­lar con­trib­ut­or and mem­ber of its ed­it­or­i­al staff.

His works in­clude:

  1. Again the Rounded Year
  2. Arise, O Church of Jesus
  3. Arise with Joy and Sing
  4. At Early Morn When I Awake
  5. At My Work I’m Always Singing
  6. Bird with the Broken Wing, The
  7. By What I Owe a Mother’s Love
  8. By Your Soul’s Best Interests Stand
  9. Children of the Temple, The
  10. Dost Thou Love Me, Said Jesus
  11. Fair Morn of the Ages
  12. For Us, O Lord, the Year Has Brought
  13. Form, Form Your Mission Bands
  14. Hail, Morn of the Angel
  15. How Amiable God’s Altars Were
  16. How Blessed the Lot of the Christian
  17. I Am Singing, Always Singing
  18. I Have a Hope That Makes Life Sweet
  19. In Youth I Have My Savior Found
  20. Jesus, I Thee Believe
  21. Light That Once in Judah Shone, The
  22. Like Paul at Troas Hearing the Macedonian Call
  23. Little Missionary, The
  24. Little Ones of God Are We
  25. My Lord Is Mine from Day to Day
  26. My Peace I Leave Thee
  27. Now upon the Earth Are Beaming
  28. O Blest Are They Whose Lives Are Nobly Ended
  29. O Children’s Day in the Summer’s Prize
  30. O Church! Arise and Sing
  31. O Church of Christ
  32. O Church of Christ, Jerusalem!
  33. O Church, Pursue Thy March
  34. O Hearts Young and Faithful
  35. O Radiant Morn That Breaks the Night
  36. Our Anniversary Day Behold
  37. Seek and Ye Shall Find
  38. Star Is in the Air, A
  39. Thou Art Going Now from Our Friendly Sight
  40. Thou Art Going Out of the Church Tonight
  41. To the Lord Our Savior
  42. Under the Cross, Farewell
  43. Voice in the Air and a Star in the Sky, A
  44. We Are Marching Home to Zion
  45. We Meet with Gladness on Each Lip
  46. When in the Gates of Zion
  47. When Rose the Temple
  48. Where Dwell the Poor
  49. Whom Did Jesus Pity?
  50. Why I Sing
  51. Ye People, Rise and Sing
  52. Ye Who Love the Republic