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The Works of Isaac Watts (14 vols.)
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Overview

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.

Not only was Isaac Watts an accomplished hymn writer, he was also a great theologian and logician; he authored a number of books, treatises, educational works, essays, sermons, speeches, and more. As a Dissenter—one who separated from the Church of England—Isaac Watts held religious opinions that were not bound to any one denomination. The Works of Isaac Watts (14 vols.) clearly reflects this nondenominational thinking. This collection contains The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts D.D. in Nine Volumes, written with the goal of explaining the common and most important things of the Christian religion. He took pride in writing not a lecture or philosophy but a true and just explication of Scripture. His hope was that his works would lead people to choose a life of practical godliness. Isaac Watts’ limitless appreciation of the passion of God is self-evident not only in his writing but in the writing of his many biographers. This resource contains three biographies on Isaac Watts, a poem written in his memory, and a book containing an essay and data on Watts’ Divine and Moral Songs.

The Logos edition of The Works of Isaac Watts (14 vols.) makes Watts’ works easier to understand and more accessible than ever, allowing you to get straight to the theology and Scripture you’re studying without fumbling through multiple volumes in their print form. What’s more, with Logos, the thousands of Scripture references in Watts’ works link directly to your preferred Bible in your digital library. Even the references in The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts D.D. in Nine Volumes appear with the click of a mouse! The advanced search tools help you navigate material instantly, and hyperlinks in the table of contents take you exactly where you need to go. Thanks to the power and speed of your digital library, The Works of Isaac Watts (14 vols.) is accessible like never before for study, sermon preparation, reading, and research.

Key Features

  • Watts’ essays, discourses, personal letters, sermons, hymns, poems, and more
  • Three biographies of Isaac Watts
  • Scripture references linked to your original language Bible texts and English translations

Individual Titles

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

  • Author: Isaac Watts
  • Publisher: William Baynes
  • Publication Date: 1812
  • Pages: xxxii, 627

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Contents:

  • Memoirs of Dr. Watts
  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • 43 Sermons on Various Occasions

The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. in Nine Volumes, vol. 2

  • Author: Isaac Watts
  • Publisher: William Baynes
  • Publication Date: 1812
  • Pages: 614

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Contents:

  • 12 Sermons on Various Subjects
  • Evangelical Discourses on Several Subjects
  • Death and Heaven or the Last Enemy Conquered, and Separate Spirits Made Perfect
  • The Doctrine of the Passions
  • Of the Love of God and the Use and Abuse of the Passions

The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. in Nine Volumes, vol. 3

  • Author: Isaac Watts
  • Publisher: William Baynes
  • Publication Date: 1812
  • Pages: 622

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Contents:

  • Self-Love and Virtue Reconciled Only by Religion or an Argument to Prove, that the Only Effectual Obligation of Mankind to Practise Virtue Depends on the Existence and Will of God
  • Preface to Humility Represented in the Character of St. Paul
  • Humility Represented in the Character of St. Paul
  • Preface to Orthodoxy and Charity United
  • Orthodoxy and Charity United
  • A Caveat against Infidelity
  • The Harmony of All the Religions which God Ever Prescribed to Men, and All His Dispensations Towards Them
  • The Strength and Weakness of Human Reason Argued in Four Conferences
  • The Holiness of Times, Places, and People

The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. in Nine Volumes, vol. 4

  • Author: Isaac Watts
  • Publisher: William Baynes
  • Publication Date: 1813
  • Pages: 635

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Contents:

  • The Rational Foundation, Form and Order of a Christian Church Confirmed and Improved by the Directions and Examples of the New Testament
  • A New Essay on Civil Power in Things Sacred
  • The Ruin and Recovery of Mankind
  • The Sacrifice of Christ and the Operations of the Spirit
  • An Humble Attempt Towards the Revival of Practical Religion among Christians by a Serious Address to Ministers and People

The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. in Nine Volumes, vol. 5

  • Author: Isaac Watts
  • Publisher: William Baynes
  • Publication Date: 1813
  • Pages: 598

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Contents:

  • An Humble Attempt Towards the Revival of Practical Religion among Christians
  • A Guide to Prayer
  • A Discourse on the Way of Instruction by Catechisms
  • A Preservative from the Sins and Follies of Childhood and Youth
  • A Large Catalogue of Remarkable Scripture Names
  • Prayers, Composed for the Use and Imitation of Children
  • A Short View of the Whole Scripture History
  • Questions Proper for Students in Divinity

The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. in Nine Volumes, vol. 6

  • Author: Isaac Watts
  • Publisher: William Baynes
  • Publication Date: 1813
  • Pages: 660

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Contents:

  • An Essay Towards the Encouragement of Charity Schools, Particularly among Protestant Dissenters
  • The Art of Reading and Writing English
  • The Christian Doctrine of the Trinity

The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. in Nine Volumes, vol. 7

  • Author: Isaac Watts
  • Publisher: William Baynes
  • Publication Date: 1813
  • Pages: 590

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Contents:

  • The World to Come
  • Logic
  • A Discourse on the Education of Children and Youth

The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. in Nine Volumes, vol. 8

  • Author: Isaac Watts
  • Publisher: William Baynes
  • Publication Date: 1813
  • Pages: 578

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Contents:

  • The Improvement of the Mind; Containing a Variety of Remarks and Rules for the Attainment and Communication of Useful Knowledge, in Religion, in the Sciences and in Common Life
  • The First Principles of Geography and Astronomy
  • Philosophical Essays
  • A Brief Scheme of Ontology or the Science of Being in General; Wherein All the Various Affections or Properties, Adjuncts and Relations of It, Are Contracted into a Comprehensive View, and Ranged in a Natural and Easy Method
  • A Defence against the Temptation to Self-Murder

The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. in Nine Volumes, vol. 9

  • Author: Isaac Watts
  • Publisher: William Baynes
  • Publication Date: 1813
  • Pages: 562

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Contents:

  • A Short Essay
  • Preface
  • Advertisement to the Readers
  • The Psalms of David
  • Hymns and Spiritual Songs
  • Divine Songs
  • A Slight Specimen of Moral Songs
  • Lyric Poems
  • Reliquiæ Juveniles
  • Remnants of Time
  • A Table of Such Scriptures as Are Explained and Illustrated in These Works

The Divine and Moral Songs of Isaac Watts: An Essay Thereon and a Tentative List of Editions

  • Author: Wilbur Macey Stone
  • Publisher: The Triptych
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 93

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The Divine and Moral Songs of Isaac Watts: An Essay Thereon and a Tentative List of Editions is a compilation of poems for children, giving them the opportunity to learn basic values through simple poetry, in addition to Scripture. This volume focuses on the data and publishing information of Isaac Watts’ Divine and Moral Songs. It includes a bibliographic notes and a list of all British and American editions published up to 1901.

An Elegiac Poem, to the Memory of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.

  • Author: Thomas Gibbons
  • Publisher: Thomas Gibbons
  • Publication Date: 1749
  • Pages: iv, 27

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This poem was written by a disciple of Isaac Watts, Thomas Gibbons, in memory of Watts’ life. It is dedicated to the Lady Abney, owner of the Manor of Stoke Newington, where Isaac Watts was a houseguest for 36 years.

Thomas Gibbons (1720–1785) was a London clergyman who wrote hymns, sermons, and poetry.

Isaac Watts and Contemporary Hymn-Writers

  • Author: Thomas Wright
  • Publisher: C. J. Farncombe & Sons
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: xii, 280

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

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

Isaac Watts; His Life and Writings, His Homes and Friends

  • Author: Edwin Paxton Hood
  • Publisher: The Religious Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1875
  • Pages: v, 348

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Isaac Watts; His Life and Writings, His Homes and Friends is a readable biography that includes drawings, excerpts of Watts’ works, and an autobiographical table of key events in Watts’ life.

Edwin Paxton Hood (1820–1885), was a congregational minister and writer.

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

  • Author: Thomas Milner
  • Publisher: Simpkin and Marshall
  • Publication Date: 1834
  • Pages: 734

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Thomas Milner wrote this volume 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.

Product Details

  • Title: The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts
  • Volumes: 14
  • Pages: 7,021

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. 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.