1 To him that lov'd the souls of men
and wash'd us in his blood,
to royal honours rais'd our head,
and made us priests to God;
2 to him let ev’ry tongue be praise,
and ev’ry heart be love!
all grateful honours paid on earth,
and nobler songs above!
3 Behold, on flying clouds he comes!
his saints shall bless the day;
While they that pierc'd him sadly mourn
in anguish and dismay,
4 I am the First, and I the Last;
time centres all in me;
th’ Almighty God, who was, and is,
and evermore shall be.
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 >