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Isaac Watts and Contemporary Hymn-Writers

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In writing Isaac Watts and Contemporary Hymn-Writers, Thomas Wright’s goal was to give a clear and concise biography of Isaac Watts. In his opinion, other biographers gave a dull portrait of the man known as the “Father of English Hymnody.” Wright claims his aim was “to show how the study of his life can be of real value to us at the present day.” This resource includes previously unrecorded and unpublished facts, letters, images, and photographs.

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Key Features

  • Offers a clear a concise biography of Isaac Watts
  • Written in response to other inferior biographies of Watts
  • Includes previously unpublished facts, letters, images, and photographs


  • Southampton (July 17, 1674–1690)
  • The Academy at Newington Green Two and a-Half Years at Southampton (1690–October 15, 1696)
  • Tutor at Sir John Hartopp’s (October 15, 1696–February 1699)
  • Assistant to Dr. Chauncey (February 1699–March 18, 1702)
  • In Sole Charge of the Church in Mark Lane (March 18, 1702, to June, 1703)
  • “There Is a Land of Pure Delight” (June, 1703–July, 1707)
  • Hymns and Spiritual Songs (July, 1707–1709)
  • Bold Bradbury (1709–1712)
  • “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past” (Spring 1714–1718)
  • Make-a-Noise-Tom (February 19, 1719)
  • Humorist, Logician, Preacher (1720–March 19, 1728)
  • Philip Doddridge (March 19, 1728–October 31, 1734)
  • With the Abneys at Stoke Newington (November 1, 1734–December 31, 1740)
  • Culture and Taste (January 1st, 1741–December 29th, 1744)
  • A Grey Eveningtide (June 29, 1744–November 25, 1748)
  • A Crimson Sunset (November 25, 1748)
  • Hymn-Writers: Contemporary with Watts
  • Appendices

Product Details

  • Title: Isaac Watts and Contemporary Hymn-Writers
  • Author: Thomas Wright
  • Publisher: C. J. Farncombe & Sons
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 280

About Thomas Wright

Thomas Wright, MA, FSA, was an English antiquary. He translated, annotated, and edited many famous works.

About Isaac Watts

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.