Burns, James Drummond, M.A., was born at Edinburgh, February 18, 1823. He studied and graduated M.A. at the University of Edinburgh. In 1845 he became Free Church minister of Dunblane, but resigned through failing health, in 1848, and took charge of the Presbyterian Church at Funchal, Madeira. In 1855 he became minister of Hampstead Presbyterian Church, London. Died at Mentone, Nov. 27, 1864, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery, London.
His hymns appeared in:—
(l) The Vision of Prophecy: and other Poems (Edin., Edmonston and Douglas). This was originally published in 1854, and enlarged in 1858. The Poems are distinguished by vivid colouring and poetic imagination, along with directness, delicacy of execution, pensive sweetness, and t… Go to person page >
Hushed was the evening hymn. J.D. Burns. [The Child Samuel.] Published in his Evening Hymn (a small book of Prayers and Hymns), 1857, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines. It is one of the most popular of the author's hymns, is very tender, and worthy of the position to which it has attained.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)