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Watts, Isaac (1674–1748)

  1. Jack C. Whytock

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1455

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Whytock, J. C. 2011. Watts, Isaac (1674–1748). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

Abstract

Born in Southampton in 1674, Isaac Watts is often accorded the title of “father of English hymnody.” His father was a schoolmaster, a clothier, and a deacon in a Congregational church. Isaac studied at a nonconformist academy, and it appears that he began writing hymns in 1696. He served as a family tutor before accepting a call to the Independent Mark Lane Church, London in 1702. He lived with the Abneys near Cheshunt, tutored their children, and wrote and preached at Mark Lane when he could.

Keywords:

  • Watts, Isaac (1674–1748);
  • title of “father of english hymnody”;
  • first collection of poetry, Horae Lyricae