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Abbreviations: Bk. - Book | H - Hymn, 1707 ff. | HL - Horae Lyricae, 1706 ff. | Ps. - Psalm, 1717 ff. | Pt. - Part | Song - Songs for Children, 1720 | st. - stanza | vo. - voices
Born: 17 July 1674
Died: 25 November 1748
Isaac Watts is recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody", as he was the first prolific and popular English writer of Christian lyrics. He is credited with the words of around 750 hymns, many of them taken from his paraphrases of the Psalms. He also wrote a book of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, which has been widely used as well. Many of his hymns remain in active use today and have been translated into many languages.
- Watts, Isaac. 1705. Horae Lyricae (Lyric Poems) Poems, Chiefly of the Lyric Kind, In Three Books. Second Edition, 1709.
- Watts, Isaac. 1707. Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Second Edition, 1709; Third Edition 1712; Fourth Edition 1714.
- Watts, Isaac. 1719. The Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, and Applied to the Christian State and Worship. London: J. Clark.
- Watts, Isaac. 1720. Divine and Moral Songs, Attempted in Easy Language, For the Use of Children. London.
- Anonymous. 1779. The Posthumous Works of the Late Learned and Reverend Isaac Watts, D. D. London: T. Becket and J. Bew. Volume 1, 239 pp.; Volume 2, 305 pp. Adjusted and published by a Gentleman of the University of Cambridge.
- Anonymous. 1812-1813. The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. Leeds: Edward Baines. Volume 1, 1812, 627 pp. Volume 2, 1812, 614 pp. Volume 3, 1812, 622 pp. Volume 4, 1813, 635 pp. Volume 5, 1813. 598 pp. Volume 6, 1813, 660 pp. Volume 7, 1813. 590 pp. Volume 8, 1813, 578 pp. Volume 9, 1813, 562 pp. Volume 9 has An Essay on Psalmody, The Psalms of David, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Divine Songs for Childen, Lyric Poems, Reliquae Juveniles, and Remnants of Time.
- Guy, D. 1773. A Complete Index to Dr. Watts' Hymns. London: J. Buckland, G. Keith, J. Johnson, and D. Guy. 244 pp.
- Wright, Thomas. 1914. Isaac Watts and Contemporary Hymn-Writers. London: Farncombe and Sons. 280 pp.
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Settings of his poetic works
Other settings possibly not included in the manual list below
- From all that dwell below the skies (Louis Bourgeois)
- How beauteous are their feet (Francis Duckworth)
- Jesus shall reign (Francis Duckworth)
- Nature with open volume stands (John Bacchus Dykes)
- O for a shout of sacred joy (Thomas Jarman)
- O God our help in ages past (James Christopher Marks)
- Pleasant Valley (Justin Morgan)
- Praise ye the Lord (Francis Duckworth)
- Praise ye the Lord; 'tis good to raise (Thomas Jarman)
- Sanbornton (Anonymous)
- Sounding Joy (Justin Morgan)
- There is a land of pure delight (Francis Duckworth)
- There is a land of pure delight (George M. Garrett)
- There is a land of pure delight (Thomas Wright)
- We give immortal praise (William Croft)
- With joy we meditate the grace (Johann Michael Haydn)