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.
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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.