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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Isaac Watts Poems
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!
Against Idleness And Mischief
How doth the little busy Bee Improve each shining Hour, And gather Honey all the day From every opening Flower!
Against Evil Company
Why should I join with those in Play, In whom I've no delight, Who curse and swear, but never pray, Who call ill Names, and fight.
Against Quarreling And Fighting
Let dogs delight to bark and bite, For God hath made them so: Let bears and lions growl and fight, For 'tis their nature, too.
Against Scoffing And Calling Names
Our tongues were made to bless the Lord, And not speak ill of men: When others give a railing word, We must not rail again.
Believe and be saved. John 3:16-18.
The Beatitudes. Mt. 5:3-12.
Dead to sin by the cross of Christ. Rom. 6:1,2,6.
Examples Of Early Piety
What blest examples do I find Writ in the Word of Truth Of children that began to mind Religion in their youth!
The value of Christ, and his righteousness. Phil. 3:7-9.
A new song to the Lamb that was slain. Rev. 5:6-12
The fall and recovery of man; or, Christ and Satan at enmity. Gen. 3:1,15,17; Gal. 4:4; Col. 2:15.
Christ unseen and beloved. 1 Pet. 1:5.
Joy in heaven for a repenting sinner. Luke 15:7,10.
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 ...