Isaac Watts

17 July 1674–25 November 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
Joy to the world; the Lord is come
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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