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Divine and Moral Songs

by Isaac Watts

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Divine and Moral Songs for Children became a ubiquitous children’s book throughout England for nearly two hundred years. By the mid-19th century, the book existed in over a thousand editions. So well-known were some of the children’s poems that Lewis Carroll parodied them in Alice in Wonderland and Charles Dickens referenced them in David Copperfield. Modern readers (or singers), however, remember Watts’ songbook not so much for its rhymes for children, but for its hymns. For many Christian families throughout the English-speaking world, Isaac Watts—author of “Joy to the World” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”—remains a household name.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff
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Isaac Watts
Source: hymntime.com
Source: hymntime.com
Born: July 17, 1674, Southampton
Died: November 25, 1748
Related topics: Bible., Children's songs, Conduct of life, Congregational churches, Early works
Basic information: Isaac Watts (17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748) was an English hymnwriter, theologian and logician. A prolific and popular hymnwriter, he was recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody", credited with some 650 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in use today, and have been translated into many languages.
Popular works: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, Divine and Moral Songs