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The Life, Times, and Correspondence of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.


Known as the “Father of English Hymnody,” Isaac Watts is one of England’s most influential hymnists. Credited with over 500 hymns—including “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “Joy to the World”—he left behind a massive legacy. He paved the way to the inclusion of “original songs of Christian experience” in worship. His introduction of extrabiblical poetry opened doors to new forms of worship in the Protestant Church.

Thomas Milner wrote The Life, Times, and Correspondence of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. to focus on the personal history, ministerial character, and literary labors of Isaac Watts. It includes a chronological list of works, chronological list of letters, and an appendix.

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  • Focuses on the personal history of Isaac Watts
  • Examines Watts’ ministerial character and literary labors
  • Includes a chronological list of works, list of letters, and an appendix
  • Chronological List of Dr. Watts’s Works, with References to the Pages of This Volume in Which an Account of Them Is Given
  • Chronological List of the Letters in This Volume
  • Mr. Isaac Watts, Sen
  • Early Years of Watts (1674–1690)
  • Dissenting Academies (1690)
  • Academical Exercises (1690–1693)
  • The Hartopp Family (1693–1697)
  • Assistant to Dr. Chauncey (1697–1703)
  • First Years of His Ministry (1703–1712)
  • Horæ Lyricæ.—Hymns and Spiritual Songs
  • Copastorate with Mr. Price (1712–1720)
  • Imitations of the Psalms
  • Dispute with Mr. Bradbury (1720–1726)
  • Death of George the First (1726–1731)
  • State of Dissenters (1731–1736)
  • Stoke Newington (1736–1739)
  • Trinitarian Controversy
  • Watts in Declining Life (1739–1745)
  • The Rebellion (1745–1748)
  • Death and Character (1748)
  • Title: The Life, Times, and Correspondence of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.
  • Author: Thomas Milner
  • Publisher: Simpkin and Marshall
  • Publication Date: 1834
  • Pages: 734

Isaac Watts (1674–1748), was an English hymn-writer, theologian, and logician. He is recognized as the “Father of English Hymnody” and is credited with some 750 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in active use today.

As a young boy, Watts began to write poems and hymns to please his mother. He received an excellent education as a child and studied at the nonconformist academy at Stoke Newington as a youth. After he completed his education, Watts began to write hymns and also tutored the family of Sir John Hartopp. At age 26, Watts became a pastor, but his poor health kept him from his duties. In 1712, Isaac Watts went to live with the Abney family in Stoke Newington for a short time, and ended up staying there permanently. During his stay, he would occasionally preach, but mostly devoted his time to writing hymns, sermons for publications, essays, discourses, and poems. He died peacefully at the age of 74.