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The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. in Nine Volumes, vol. 1


This volume contains 43 sermons by Isaac Watts, along with his memoirs. 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.

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Key Features

  • Contains 43 sermons by the “Father of English Hymnody”
  • Includes memoirs of Watts
  • Covers a variety of biblical topics for practical application


  • Sermon 1, 2, 3: The Inward Witness to Christianity (1 John 5:10)
  • Sermon 4: Flesh and Spirit; or, the Principles of Sin and Holiness (Rom. 8:1)
  • Sermon 5, 6: The Soul Drawing Near to God in Prayer; Sins and Sorrows Spread before God (Job 23:3, 4)
  • Sermon 7, 8: A Hopeful Youth Falling Short of Heaven (Mark 10:21)
  • Sermon 9, 10: The Hidden Life of a Christian (Col. 3:3)
  • Sermon 11: Nearness to God the Felicity of Creatures (Psalm 65:4)
  • Sermon 12: The Scale of Blessedness: Or, Blessed Saints, Blessed Saviour, and Blessed Trinity (Psalm 65:4)
  • Sermon 13, 14: Appearance before God Here and Hereafter (Psalm 42:2)
  • Sermon 15, 16, 17: A Rational Defence of the Gospel: Or, Courage in Professing Christianity (Rom. 1:16)
  • Sermon 18: Faith the Way to Salvation (Rom. 1:16)
  • Sermon 19: None Excluded from Hope
  • Sermon 20, 21, 22: Christian Morality, Viz. Truth, Sincerity, (Philip. 4:8)
  • Sermon 23: Christian Morality, Viz. Gravity, Decency, (Philip. 4:8)
  • Sermon 24, 25: Christian Morality, Viz. Justice, Eniquity, Truth (Philip. 4:8)
  • Sermon 26, 27: Christian Morality, Viz. Justice, (Philip 4:8)
  • Sermon 28: Christian Morality, Viz. a Lovely Carriage, (Philip. 4:8)
  • Sermon 29: Christian Morality, Viz. Things of Good Report, (Philip. 4:8)
  • Sermon 30: Christian Morality, Viz. Courage and Honour; or Virtue and Praise (Philip. 4:8)
  • Sermon 31, 32: Holy Fortitude, or Remedies against Fear (1 Cor. 16:13)
  • Sermon 33: The Universal Rule of Equity (Mat. 7:12)
  • Sermon 34, 35, 36: The Atonement of Christ (Rom. 3:25)
  • Sermon 37, 38: The Christian’s Treasure (1 Cor. 3:21)
  • Sermon 39: The Right Improvement of Life (1 Cor. 3:22)
  • Sermon 40: The Privilege of the Living above the Dead (1 Cor. 3:22)
  • Sermon 41: Death Improved to Our Advantage (1 Cor. 3:22)
  • Sermon 42: The Death of Kindred Improved (1 Cor. 3:22)
  • Sermon 43: Death a Blessing to the Saints (1 Cor. 3:22)

Product Details

  • Title: The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. in Nine Volumes, vol. 1
  • Author: Isaac Watts
  • Publisher: William Baynes
  • Publication Date: 1812
  • Pages: 627

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.