Isaac Watts Biography
Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was an English pastor and composer of hymns. He was a religious nonconformist (not a member of either the Catholic or the Anglican church). Many of his hymns made it to the New World with the Separatists, the Puritans, and other nonconformist Protestant groups. Many of these hymns (often with updated language) are still included in today’s hymnals in multiple Protestant denominations.
During the colonial period, hymns were sung weekly in churches and often daily in homes and fields. They were often based on the popular and catchy tunes of the time.
Videos to Sing Along With
- Isaac Watts Portrait: By George White – This image is available from the National Library of WalesYou can view this image in its original context on the NLW Catalogue, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70053434