Watts, Isaac

Watts, Isaac
   Born in Southampton, Hampshire, the son of a tradesman, he was educated at a Nonconformist academy at Stoke Newington, London, and in 1702 he became minister of the Mark Lane Chapel, London. His health was undermined by long hours of study, and for several years he lived at the home of Sir Thomas and Lady Abney. In 1728, Edinburgh University awarded Watts a doctor of divinity degree. He was buried in Burnhill Fields Cemetery, London; a monument stands in the nave of Westminster Abbey in 1779, and another is in Watt's Park, Southampton. He wrote educational, scriptural, philosophical, and divinity books, and published four poetry collections: Horæ Lyricæ (1706); Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707); The Divine and Moral Songs for the Use of Children (1715); and The Psalms of David Imitated (1719). A few of his 500 hymns are: "Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun"; "When I Wurvey the Wondrous Cross"; "Joy to the World"; and "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past." Some of his poems: "A Cradle Hymn," "Few Happy Matches," "Kind Deeds," "Sincere Praise," "The Adventurous Muse," "The Golden Rule," "The Sluggard."
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