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The English HymnA Critical and Historical Study$
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J. R. Watson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270027

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019827002X.001.0001

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Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts

(p.133) 7 Isaac Watts
The English Hymn

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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

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