Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >
And are we wretches yet alive? J. Watts. [Lent.] This somewhat uncommon and strongly worded hymn has passed out of use in Great Britain, but is still found in several modern American hymnbooks of importance. It appeared in Watts's Hymns and Sacred Songs, 1707, Bk. ii., No. 105, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, “Repentance flowing from the patience of God."