The Father of English Hymnody

Isaac Watts

Happy 335th Birthday to Isaac Watts, the “Father of English Hymnody,” who was born on July 17, 1674.   He is credited with more than 750 hymns—When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Joy to the World, We’re Marching to Zion, O God Our Help in Ages Past, Alas and Did My Savior Bleed, and many more.

In addition to being a hymnist, Watts was also a theologian and a logician.   Check out the video below for an interesting overview of his life and the controversy surrounding his music:

(ht: Between Two Worlds)

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