Burton, John, jun, a popular hymn-writer for children, was b. July 23, 1803, at Stratford in Essex, in which place he carried on business as a cooper for about 50 years. He died in 1877. Mr. Burton was a member of the Congregational body, and a Deacon of the Chapel where he attended, His contributions to hymnody began in 1822, when he sent his first production to the Evangelical Magazine. He continued to contribute to that and other periodicals for many years, his signature in the former being "Essex, J. B.," and in the Child's Companion, J. B. Essex." His publications are:—
(1) One Hundred Original Hymns for the Young, 1850; (2) Hymns for Little Children, 1851; (3) The Child-Life of David; (4) The Book of Psalms in English Verse, 1871;… Go to person page >
O Thou that hearest prayer. J. Burton, jun. [The Holy Spirit desired.] Appeared in the Evangelical Magazine, June 1824, p. 260, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, headed, "Prayer for the Holy Spirit," and signed "Essex—J. B." It was given anonymously in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, and has since then passed in a more or less complete form into a large number of hymn-books, and more especially into those of America.