Loud hallelujahs to the Lord

Author: Isaac Watts

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 >

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First Line: Loud hallelujahs to the Lord
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Loud hallelujahs to the Lord. I. Watts. [Ps. cxlviii.] This psalm version appeared with some 13 or 14 others in the first edition of his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1707, and was transferred in 1719 to his Psalms of David, &c, p. 392, as his L.M. paraphrase of Ps. 148, in 12 stanzas of 4 lines. It is headed "Universal Praise to God." It is usually given in modern hymnals in an abbreviated form.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)