Isaac Watts


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Watts, Isaac,

1674–1748, English clergyman and hymn writer, b. Southampton. He was one of the most eminent Dissenting divines of his day. As a pastor in London he was known for his sermons, but beginning in 1712 poor health caused him to live in semiretirement. His several hundred hymns embody a stern Calvinism assuaged with a gentleness and sympathy. The few hymns that are included in present-day hymnals are among the finest examples of English metrical hymnody. Those beginning "Jesus shall reign where'er the sun," "When I survey the wondrous cross," "Joy to the world," and "O God, our help in ages past," appeared in his Psalms of David Imitated (1719).
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From these, it is evident that the compiler was quite familiar with developments in British hymnody during the late-seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, but it is equally evident that he relied primarily on three writers: Isaac Watts, James Maxwell, and Joseph Stennett.
The list of demurrers could be extended, but the most decisive evidence for an alternative view of early American hymn rhetoric comes from the data on hymn publication itself, which shows a powerful and persistent American embrace of eighteenth century English evangelical hymns, and especially those of Isaac Watts.
16) The variety of hymns printed in various pocket hymnals reveal that the hymns of Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley were well known in America years before the war began.
Uncle Tom's Cabin included hymn lyrics written by the Reverends Isaac Watts, John Newton, and Charles Wesley; these hymns had become part of a musical soundtrack used by other social visionaries prior to the American Civil War.
A list of "Longmans authors" would include Isaac Watts, Samuel Johnson, William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, Sarah Trimmer, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Moore, Jane Marcet, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Benjamin Disraeli, Matthew Arnold, Anthony Trollope, Cardinal John Henry Newman, Robert Louis Stevenson, G.
Isaac Watts was credited with writing more than 700 hymns, his most popular being "O God Our Help in Ages Past.
The book includes a wealth of examples of arguments from the Bible, Lewis Carroll, Isaac Watts, St.
The tradition is based on the English hymn, particularly those composed by Isaac Watts, and was the dominant form of worship music in the United States before the emergence of choir singing in the nineteenth century.
Thank goodness for the comfortable Millennium Hotel, a splendid Georgian building overlooking the impressive George's Square with its statues of Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Isaac Watts.
Among those quoted are John Knox, Samuel Rutherford, Isaac Watts, Robert Burns, Thomas Carlyle, and Edwin Muir.
In point of fact, "the harp with a thousand strings," a phrase out of an Isaac Watts hymn and easily found in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, was one of the favorite cliches of the Victorian era.
Colman edited and abridged Edwards's eight-page reply, appended it to an edition of Williams sermons and then sent that on to Isaac Watts and John Guyse in England who wanted to publish it in its entirety.