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Henry Burton

Short Name: Henry Burton
Full Name: Burton, Henry, 1840-1930
Birth Year: 1840
Death Year: 1930

Rv Alfred Henry Burton DD United Kingdom 1840-1930. Born at Swannington, Leicestershire, he emigrated with family to America and became a student at Beloit College, WI, graduating with honours. After a pastorate in the Methodist Episcopal Church at Monroe, WI, he returned to England and entered the Wesleyan Ministry in 1865. He married Ellen Pearse. He then ministered mostly in Lanca-shire and London. Published works include ”Gleanings in the gospels:, “Wayside songs”, “St. Luke in Expositor's Bible”.

John Perry
Burton, H. In I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos, 1878, the hymns, "Come, for the feast is spread," (The Gospel Invitation), and "Look away to Jesus" (Looking unto Jesus) are attributed to the "Rev. H. Burton”

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)


Burton, Henry, D.D., p. 1555, i., born at Swannington, Leicestershire, in 1840. His parents having emigrated to America, he became a student at Beloit College, and graduated in honours. After labouring as a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church for a time he returned to England, entered the Wesleyan Ministry in 1865, and has since laboured chiefly in Lanca¬shire and London. His published works include Gleanings in the Gospels, Wayside Songs, 1886, St. Luke in the Expositor's Bible, &c. His hymns in common use, in addition to those named on p. 1555, i., include:—
1. Break, day of God, 0 break. [Second Advent.] Written at Blundell Sauds, near Liverpool, on Christmas Eve, 1900, and included in The Methodist Hymn Book, 1904. "The opening stanza was composed on the Railway Bridge where I lingered on my way home" (Author's MS!.).
2. In the secret of His presence. [Peace in Christ.] Written at Acton, London, published in his Wayside Songs, 1886, and included in the Epworth Hymnal, U.S.A.
3. 0 King of Kings, 0 Lord of hosts. [National Hymn.] Dr. Burton's history of this hymn is: "In the late Queen's Jubilee year, 1887, I composed an Ode which was set to music by Sir J. Stainer, and sung at a Jubilee Festival in the Royal Albert Hall, London. As the Ode could not be sung at any other time, Sir J. Stainer requested me to compose a hymn to which the same music should be set [and of a national character]. This led me to write the hymn" Author's MS.). It is No. 975 in The Methodist Hymn Book, 1904.
4. Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on. [Kind Deeds.] "This is based on a little incident in the life of my brother-in-law, the Rev. Mark Guy Pearse. When a boy returning home from a Moravian school in Holland, the steward of the boat on which he sailed from Bristol to Hayle showed him marked attention and kindness, because Mr. Pearse's father, years before, had proved a great friend to his mother. And so he was simply 'passing on' the kindness." (Author's MS.). The hymn was written at Acton on April 8, 1885, and first printed in The Christian Advocate, N.Y., 1886, and again in Wayside Songs, 1886, p. 81. The first stanza has been adopted as a motto by the "International Sunshine Society," of New York.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)


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Texts by Henry Burton (38)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Blicke nur auf Jesus, wende dich Ihm zuHenry Burton, 1840- (Author)German2
Break, day of God, O break, sweet light of heavenly skiesHenry Burton, 1840-1930 (Author)English8
Break, day of God, O break, The night has lingered longHenry Burton, 1840 - 1930 (Author)English6
Break, day of Kosmon, breakHenry Burton (Author)2
Broellopet tillredt starHenry Burton (Author)2
Cling, brothers, clingRev. Henry Burton (Author)English2
Come, for the feast is spreadHenry Burton (Author)English18
Complete! O sweet and heavenly wordRev. Henry Burton (Author)English6
Did you hear the angry word?Rev. Henry Burton, M. A. (Author)English3
Did you hear the loving word? Pass it onHenry Burton (Author)2
Gather them in at the Master's callHenry Burton (Author)English6
Give me the peace that like a river flowethHenry Burton (Author)English2
Have you had a kindness shownH. Burton, M. A. (Author)English58
I hear the bells across the seaHenry Burton (Author)2
I'm walking in the shadowsHenry Burton (Author)2
In the secret of His presence I am kept from strife of tonguesHenry Burton (Author)English31
Kom, thi for dig beredtHenry Burton (Author)Norwegian2
Kom, tilredt Fest er herHenry Burton (Author)2
Kommt, alles ist bereit!Henry Burton (Author)German1
Look away to Jesus soldier in the fightHenry Burton (Author)English7
Look away to Jesus soul by woe oppressedHenry Burton (Author)English18
Look high o soul for what is earth but dustHenry Burton (Author)2
O King of kings, O Lord of hostsHenry Burton (Author)English13
O Maker of the sea and skyHenry Burton (Author)English22
Sku dog op til JesusHenry Burton (Author)2
Spojrzyj na Jezusa, duszo, pospiesz doń!Henry Burton (Author)Polish2
The day is past, the shadows round are fallingHenry Burton (Author)5
The world is full of singingRev. Henry Burton (Author)English18
There is a stream that we all must crossRev. Henry Burton (Author)English2
There is an arm that never tiresHenry Burton (Author)English6
There's a light upon the mountainsHenry Burton, 1840-1930 (Author)English52
There's light upon the mountainHenry Burton (Author)2
We come thy praise to singHenry Burton (Author)English2
We journey to a city Which eye hath neverHenry Burton (Author)5
We shall have the flowers againRev. Henry Burton (Author)English3
We've journeyed many a dayHenry Burton (Author)English4
What shall I sing for TheeHenry Burton (Author)English6
Wir reisten manchen TagHenry Burton (Author)German1

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