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 >
Buried in shadows of the night. I. Watts. [Christ our Wisdom.] First published in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1709, Book i., No. 97, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Christ our Wisdom, Righteousness," &c, 1 Cor. i. 30. In J. Wesley's Psalms & Hymns, Charlestown, South Carolina, 1736-7, No. 86, it was given with the omission of stanza iii. This form was repeated with alterations in Topladys Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 306, and others. It is found in several modern collections both in Great Britain and America.
Lowell Mason (PHH 96) composed HAMBURG (named after the German city) in 1824. The tune was published in the 1825 edition of Mason's Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Mason indicated that the tune was based on a chant in the first Gregorian tone.
HAMBURG is a very simple tune with…