Isaac Watts

(17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748 / Southampton / England)

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Isaac Watts (17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748) was an English hymnwriter, theologian and logician. A prolific and popular hymnwriter, he was recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody", credited with some 650 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in use today, and have been translated into many languages.

Born in Southampton, England, in 1674, Watts was brought up in the home of a committed religious Nonconformist — his father, also Isaac Watts, had been incarcerated twice for his controversial views. At King Edward VI School (where one of the houses is now named "Watts" in his honour), Watts learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew. From an early age, Watts displayed a ... more »

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  • Rookie Jean Leblanc (12/29/2009 12:25:00 PM)

    I like Isaac Watts´poems because they have rhyme, which makes them fun to read, and yet they convey messages that make you think about the path you are taking in life. Is it to everlasting life, or eternal destruction?

  • Rookie Vikram Aarella - The Poem Shooter (6/1/2006 2:59:00 PM)

    It's really astonishing that Watts has written so may good poems,

  • Rookie Naomi Burdett (5/5/2005 10:48:00 AM)

    i just wanted to say WOW so many poems. how do you do it. serch for mine

    Naomi Burdett

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Best Poem of Isaac Watts

Against Lying

O 'tis a lovely thing for youth
To early walk in wisdom's way;
To fear a lie, to speak the truth,
That we may trust to all they say!

But liars we can never trust,
Even when they say what is true.
And he who does one fault at first
And lies to hide it, makes it two.

Have we not known, nor heard, nor read
How God does hate deceit and wrong?
How Ananias was struck dead,
Caught with a lie upon his tongue?

So did his wife Sapphira die,
When she came in, and grew so bold
As to confirm that wicked lie,
Which just before her husband ...

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