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 lived.
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/GLIMPSEF/Glimpses/glmps027.shtml
We will be posting most of Watts psalms here, as well as the words of many of his other hymns.
Watts Metrical Psalms
Divine and Moral Songs for Children
Although he never married, and Watts loved children. He wrote a book of poems for children titled "Divine and Moral Songs for Children." Many of the poems contain simple lessons about things like "going to heaven" or "going to hell", but there are several that do not include any such references. We have included a few of the better ones here. They are all in metre, so they can be sung.