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 propensity for rhyme. ... more »

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  • ''For Satan finds some mischief still
    For idle hands to do.''
    Isaac Watts (1674-1748), British hymn-writer. Against Idleness and Mischief, st. 3, Divine Songs for Children (1715). A similar thought was expres...
  • ''Death, like an overflowing stream,
    Sweeps us away: our life's a dream,...''
    Isaac Watts (1674-1748), British hymn-writer. Published in The Sacred Harp (1991). "Death, like an overflowing stream," l. 1-2 (1709).
  • ''But, children, you should never let
    Such angry passions rise;
    Your little hands were never made
    To tear each other's eyes.''
    Isaac Watts (1674-1748). Divine Songs for Children, "Against Quarreling," xvi (1715).
  • ''From all that dwell below the skies
    let the Creator's praise arise!
    Let the Redeemer's name be sung
    through every land, by every tongue!''
    Isaac Watts (1674-1748), British hymn-writer. "From all that dwell," l. 1-4, Psalms of David (1719). Inspired by Psalm 117.
  • ''Alas! and did my Saviour bleed,
    And did my Sovereign die?
    Would he devote that sacred Head
    For such a worm as I?''
    Isaac Watts (1674-1748), British hymn-writer. "Godly Sorrow Arising from the Sufferings of Christ ," l. 1-4 (1709).
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  • 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?

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

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

  • 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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