This volume contains essays, poems, and songs by Isaac Watts. 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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(1674–1748) was an English hymn writer and theologian. Recognized as the “Father of English Hymnody,” he is credited with authoring more than 500 hymns, including “Joy to the World” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” Many of his hymns are still relevant today and have been translated into many languages.
Even as a child, Watts was a skillful poet and began writing poems and hymns to please his mother. He studied at the nonconformist academy at Stoke Newington, and after graduation began writing hymns. contains many of Watts’ hymns. Watts also wrote books, essays, and speeches—many of which can be found in .