|Short Name:||John Buckworth|
|Full Name:||Buckworth, John, 1779-1835|
Buckworth, John, born at Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, Jan, 16, 1779, and died April 2, 1835. On taking Holy Orders he became Curate of Dowsbury, and subsequently Vicar of the same parish. He published Hymns for Sunday Schools (3rd edition 1814, 10th edition 1830). This collection of 100 hymns contained a few originals by Buckworth. Of those hymns, most of which are from the 3rd edition 1814, the following are still in common use:—
1. Assembled in our school to-day. Opening of a Sunday School. This hymn has long been regarded, both in Great Britain and America, as anonymous.
2. Children of God, 0 blessed name. Adoption. In several collections, including the Leeds Sunday School Hymn Book, 1833 to 1865; Common Praise, 1879, and others.
3. Children, think on [of] Jesus' love. The love of Jesus. In Common Praise, 18T9, &c.
4. Christ is [was] merciful and mild. For Infants. In W. R. Stevenson's School Hymnal, 1880, No. 9.
5. Holy children, read and pray. For Infants. In W. F. Stevenson's Hymns for Church & Home, 1872, No. 52, &c.
6. Jesus little children blesses. Love of Jesus. In various collections, including Major's Book of Praise, No. 48.
7. Lord, look upon a little child. Seeking Jesus. This is the most popular and widely used of Buckworth's hymns. It is worthy of greater attention than it has hitherto received.
Nos. 6 and 1 were added to Pt. II. of the Hymns for Sunday School. between 1827 and 1830. As however this edition of the Hymns, &c, was not published by Buckworth, there is some uncertainty as to the authorship of these hymns.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)