Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

 

Isaac Watts, from Edwin Long, Illustrated History of Hymns and Their Authors (ca. 1882), based on the portrait by Godfrey Kneller, National Portrait Gallery.

Featured Hymns:

Alas! and did my Saviour bleed
Come, we that love the Lord
My shepherd will supply my need (Psalm 23)

Collections of Hymns:

Horae Lyricae

1st edition (1706: PDF)
2nd edition (1709: PDF)

Hymns and Spiritual Songs

1st edition (1707: PDF)
2nd edition (1709: PDF)
5th edition (1716: PDF)
7th edition (1720: PDF)
9th edition (1725: PDF)
15th edition (1744: PDF)

Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children

1st edition (1715: PDF)
2nd edition (1716: PDF)

Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament

1st edition (1719: PDF)
2nd edition (1719: PDF)
3rd edition (1722: PDF)
5th edition (1725: PDF)
7th edition (1729: PDF)
10th edition (1736: PDF)
11th edition (1744: PDF)
12th edition (1740: PDF)
15th edition (1748: PDF)

Sermons on Various Subjects

Volume 1 (1721: PDF)
Volume 2 (1723: PDF)
Volume 3 (1729: PDF)

Reliquiae Juveniles (1734: PDF)

The Remnants of Time (1736)

Editions and Collected Works:

The Works of the Late Reverend and Learned Isaac Watts, D.D., ed. D. Jennings and P. Doddridge (1753)

Volume 1 (PDF)
Volume 2 (PDF)
Volume 3 (PDF)
Volume 4 (PDF)
Volume 5 (PDF)
Volume 6 (PDF)

The Works of the Reverend and Learned Isaac Watts, D.D., ed. George Burder (1810)

Volume 1 (Archive.org)
Volume 2 (Archive.org)
Volume 3 (Archive.org)
Volume 4 (Archive.org)
Volume 5 (Archive.org)
Volume 6 (Archive.org)

Louis Benson, “The Early Editions of Watts’s Hymns,” Journal of the Presbyterian Historical Society. Vol. 1, No. 4 (June 1902): pp. 265-279 (PDF).

Selma Bishop, ed. Isaac Watts Hymns and Spiritual Songs 1707-1748: A Study in Early Eighteenth Century Language Changes (London: Faith Press, 1962 | WorldCat).

Chris Fenner, ed. The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D.D. (Frisco, TX: Doxology & Theology, 2016 | Amazon).


 
 

Life and Hymns of Isaac Watts:

Thomas Gibbons. Memoirs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D.D (London: James Buckland, 1780 | PDF).

Edwin Hatfield, “Isaac Watts,” Poets of the Church (NY, 1884), pp. 629-646: HathiTrust

John Julian & H. Leigh Bennett, “Watts, Isaac,” A Dictionary of Hymnology (London, 1892; with appdx., 1907: Google Books), pp. 1236-1241.

Thomas Wright, Isaac Watts (London: C.J. Farncombe & Sons, 1914 | PDF).

Arthur P. Davis, Isaac Watts: His Life and Works (London: Independent Press, 1948 | WorldCat).

Harry Escott, Isaac Watts, Hymnographer (London: Independent Press, 1962 | WorldCat).

Ronald Tajchman, “Isaac Watts’s communion hymns: An application of classical rhetoric,” The Hymn, vol. 46, no. 1 (Jan. 1995), pp. 18-22: HathiTrust

J.R. Watson, “The Hymns of Isaac Watts and the Tradition of Dissent,” Dissenting Praise: Religious Dissent and the Hymn in England and Wales. Isabel Rivers and David L. Wykes, eds. (Oxford: University Press, 2011 | WorldCat | Amazon).

The Legacy of Isaac Watts:

Louis Benson, “The American Revisions of Watts’s Psalms,” Journal of the Presbyterian Historical Society. Vol. 2, No. 1 (June 1903): pp. 18-34 (PDF).

Esther R. Crookshank, “We’re Marching to Zion: Isaac Watts in Early America,” Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology. R.J. Mouw and M.A. Noll, eds. (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 2004 | WorldCat | Amazon).

William T. Dargan, Lining Out the Word: Dr. Watts Hymn Singing in the Music of Black Americans (Chicago: Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, 2006 | WorldCat | Amazon).

Harry Eskew, “Isaac Watts and the Shape-Note Tradition,” Minds and Hearts in Praise of God: Hymns and Essays in Church Music in Honor of Hugh T. McElrath. J. Michael Raley and Deborah Carlton Loftis, eds. (Franklin, TN: Providence House, 2006 | WorldCat | Amazon).

David W. Music, “Isaac Watts in America Before 1729,” The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song, vol. 50, no. 1 (Jan. 1999), pp. 29-33: HathiTrust

R.A. Stackhouse, The Language of the Psalms in Worship: American Revisions of Watts' Psalter. Drew Studies in Liturgy 4 (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1997 | WorldCat | Amazon).

Related Links:

Isaac Watts at Hymnary.org:
https://hymnary.org/person/Watts_Isaac

Alan Gaunt, “Isaac Watts,” The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:
https://hymnology.hymnsam.co.uk/i/isaac-watts


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