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 >
Here at Thy Cross, my dying God. I. Watts. [Salvation in the Cross.] First published in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1707, Book ii., No. 4, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. It is in common use in its original form, and as: "Here at Thy Cross, my dying Lord"; "Here at Thy Cross, incarnate God"; and "Here at Thy Cross, my Saviour God," in various American hymn-books, the aim of these alterations being to remove the objection that might be made to the clause my dying God, in the opening line.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)