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Isaac Watts
b. July 17, 1674 – d. November 25, 1748 • Hymn writer • Theologian
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Watts, Isaac
Watts, Isaac (1674–1748), Nonconformist hymn-writer. A native of Southampton, he was educated at the local grammar school, where his unusual abilities induced a local benefactor to offer him a university education. He preferred, however, to enter the Dissenting Academy at Stoke Newington (1690–4), the
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
Watts, Isaac
Watts, Isaac (1674–1748)The father of English hymnody. Refusing an offer to be educated at Oxford that would have required him to become Anglican, Watts attended the nonconformist academy at Stoke Newington for eight years. He became pastor of Mark Lane Independent Chapel in London (1701) but soon thereafter
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Watts, Isaac
Watts, Isaac(1674–1748). The English clergyman Isaac Watts is regarded as the Father of English Hymnody. He wrote some 600 hymns.Born on July 17, 1674, in Southampton, Hampshire, England, Watts studied at the Dissenting Academy at Stoke Newington, London, which he left in 1694. In 1696 he became tutor
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
Watts, Isaac
Watts, Isaac (1674–1748). An English Independent hymnist who composed original lyrics often set to preexisting metrical *hymn tunes. Representative hymns: “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition
Watts, Isaac
Watts, Isaac (1674–1748). English pastor, author and hymn writer, often called the father of English hymnody. Raised within the *Puritan tradition, Watts became minister of an independent church in London. As a young pastor, he became ill and remained in poor health for the rest of his life. Nevertheless,
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Isaac Watts
PoetsIsaac WattsFather of English hymnody“Joy to the world, the Lord is come / Let earth receive her King / Let every heart, prepare him room / And heaven and nature sing.”In his later years, Isaac Watts once complained about hymn singing in church: “To see the dull indifference, the negligent
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Watts, Isaac
Watts, Isaac (1674–1748). An English hymnwriter. Born in Southampton and educated at the famous Nonconformist academy in Stoke Newington, he ministered in a London church (1699–1712), during which time he wrote Horae Lyricae (1706), a book of religious poetry that ensured his inclusion in Johnson’s Lives
The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia
Watts, Isaac
Watts, Isaac (1674–1748)A nonconformist minister, logician, and philosopher, widely regarded as the “father of English hymnody,” Watts was born at Southampton on July 17, 1674, the son of a clothier-turned-schoolmaster also named Isaac. He was educated at King Edward VI School and at the dissenting
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Watts, Isaac
Watts, Isaac (1674–1748)English hymn writerIsaac Watts was the first Englishman to succeed in overcoming the prejudices that opposed the introduction of hymns into English public worship. Today it is difficult to realize that such a prejudice ever existed. The objection to singing usually was not an