Henry Burton

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

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 (34)sort descendingAsInstances
Blicke nur auf Jesus, wende dich Ihm zuHenry Burton, 1840- (Author)2
Break, day of God, O break, The night has lingered longHenry Burton (Author)7
Break, day of God, O break, sweet light of heavenlyHenry Burton (Author)7
Break, day of Kosmon, breakHenry Burton (Author)2
Broellopet tillredt starHenry Burton (Author)2
Cling, brothers, clingRev. Henry Burton (Author)1
Come, for the feast is spreadHenry Burton (Author)13
Complete! O sweet and heavenly wordHenry Burton (Author)5
Did you hear the angry word?Rev. Henry Burton, M. A. (Author)2
Did you hear the loving word? Pass it onHenry Burton (Author)2
Gather them in at the Master's callRev. Henry Burton, M.A. (Author)4
Have you had a kindness shownRev. Henry Burton (Author)49
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 tonguesRev. Henry Burton, M. A. (Author)26
Kom, thi for dig beredtHenry Burton (Author)2
Kom, tilredt Fest er herHenry Burton (Author)2
Look away to Jesus soldier in the fightRev. Henry Burton (Author)8
Look away to Jesus soul by woe oppressedRev. Henry Burton (Author)13
Look high o soul for what is earth but dustHenry Burton (Author)2
O King of kings, O Lord of hostsHenry Burton (Author)12
O Maker of the sea and skyHenry Burton (Author)21
Sku dog op til JesusHenry Burton (Author)2
The day is past, the shadows round are fallingHenry Burton (Author)5
The world is full of singingRev. Henry Burton (Author)16
There is a stream that we all must crossHenry Burton (Author)2
There is an arm that never tiresHenry Burton (Author)6
There's a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the springHenry Burton, 1840-1930 (Author)49
There's light upon the mountainHenry Burton (Author)2
We come thy praise to singHenry Burton (Author)2
We journey to a city Which eye hath neverRev. Henry Burton (Author)5
We shall have the flow'rs againHenry Burton (Author)2
We've journeyed many a dayHenry Burton (Author)3
What shall I sing for theeRev. H. Burton (Author)5

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