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 >
Great is their peace who love Thy law. I. Watts. [Psalm cxix.] This cento in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 162, is compiled from Watts's cm. version of Psalm cxix. as follows :
Stanza i. from pt. i. stanza iii.; stanza ii. from pt. v. stanza i.; stanza iii. from pt. ii. stanza iv.; stanza iv. from pt. v. stanza vi.
The original version of Psalm cxix. extends to 18 parts, and was first published in Watts's Psalms of David, &c, 1719.