Isaac Watts

J. R. Watson

in The English Hymn

Published in print August 1999 | ISBN: 9780198270027
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600784 | DOI:
 Isaac Watts

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Talks about Watts as the first great hymn writer in English; his place in the Dissenting tradition, and his theories of sacred poetry; his work in three major books, Horae Lyricae, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, and The Psalms of David. The chapter also reviews his mature art, as demonstrated in ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’.

Keywords: Dissent; metrical psalms; sacred poetry; Watts

Chapter.  16569 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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