You speak, and mighty mountains stand,
God of eternal power!
The sea grows calm at your command,
and tempests cease to roar.
The morning light and evening shade
successive comforts bring;
your plenteous fruits make harvest glad,
and flowers adorn the spring.
Seasons and times, and moons and hours,
heaven, earth, and air are free;
the clouds distill in fruitful showers,
and all your world will see
that thirsty lands can drink their fill,
and fields of corn appear;
your ways abound with blessings still;
your goodness crowns the year.
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 >