Isaac Watts was born in Southhampton, England on July 17, 1674. His father had spent
quite a lot of time in prison because he would not conform to the mandates of the Church
of England. Watts was pastor of a large Congregational church in London but poor health
prevented him from devoting very much time to his ministerial duties. When he tried to
resign because of his poor health, the congregation insisted that he remain as long as he
Watts is credited with having written over 750 hymns, including setting most of the
Psalms into English metre, many of them set in multiple metres. Benjamin Franklin first
brought Watts psalms and hymns to the United States.Watts died in 1748.
A very good short sketch of Watts life is available at: http://www.gospelcom.net/chi/glimpses/twentyseven.html
We will be posting most of Watts psalms here, as well as the words of many of his other
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Index of Isaac Watts Psalms