Isaac Watts

(17 July 1674 - 25 November 1748)
Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

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Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Horæ lyricæ: Poems, chiefly of the lyric kind. In two books. ... By I. Watts. London: Printed by S. and D. Bridge, for John Lawrence at the Sign of the Angel in the Poultrey. MDCCVI., 1706. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000)
  • Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Divine songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children. By I. Watts, D.D. London: Printed for J. Buckland; J. F. and C. Rivington; T. Longman; W. Fenner; T. Field; and E. and C. Dilly, 1777. xii,58,[2]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T185045; OTA K123515.000)


ODNB 28888; DMI 2295; DLB 95


  • Smith, Margaret M. Index of English Literary Manuscripts. Vol. III, 1700-1800 . London: Mansell, 1986-1997. Pt. 4 Sterne-Young. 511-534. Print. 4 volumes.


  • Bishop, Selma L., ed. Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707-1748. A study in early eighteenth century language changes. London: Faith Press, 1962. Print.
  • Jackson, Gordon, ed. Isaac Watts: Selected poems. Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1999. Print.


  • Bishop, Selma L. Isaac Watts's Hymns and spiritual songs, 1707: a publishing history and a bibliography. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Pierian Press, 1974. Print.


  • Beynon, Graham. Isaac Watts: His Life and Thought. Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2013. Print.
  • Davis, Arthur P. Isaac Watts: His Life and Works. New York: Dryden Press, 1943. Print.

Reference works


  • Arnold, Richard. Trinity of Discord: The Hymnal and Poetic Innovations of Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, and William Cowper. New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2012. Print.
  • Beynon, Graham. Isaac Watts: reason, passion, and the revival of religion. London; Oxford; New York (N.Y.): Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016. Print.
  • Davie, Donald, and Wright, Thomas F. The Language of the Eighteenth-Century Hymm. Los Angeles: Clark Memorial Library, UCLC, 1980. Print.
  • Hoyles, John. The Waning of the Renaissance, 1640-1740: Studies in the Thought and Poetry of Henry More, John Norris and Isaac Watts. La Haye: M. Nijhoff, 1971. Print.
  • Kickel, Katherine. Aesthetics and theology in Samuel Johnson's Life of Isaac Watts and Prayers and Meditations (1785). New, Melvyn; Reedy, Gerard, eds. Theology and literature in the age of Johnson: resisting secularism. Newark, NJ: Delaware UP; Lanham, MD; Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012. 147-161. Print.
  • Knapp, John. Isaac Watts's unfixed hymn genre. Modern Philology 109(4) (2012): 463-482. Print.
  • Maclear, J. F. Isaac Watts and the Idea of Public Religion. Journal of the History of Ideas 53(1) (1992): 25-45. Print.
  • Marshall, Madeleine Forell. Teaching the Uncanonized: The Examples of Watts and Rowe. Fox, Christopher, ed. Teaching Eighteenth-Century Poetry. New York: AMS, 1990. 1-24. Print.
  • Mason, Emma. Devotional Poetry. Lynch, Jack, ed. The Oxford Handbook of British Poetry: 1660-1800. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016. 563-578. Print.
  • Plett, James Wendall. The poetic language of Isaac Watts's hymns. Unpub. doct. diss., University of California, Riverside, 1986. Print. [Abstr. in Dissertation Abstracts International (47) 2598A.]
  • Reynolds, Margaret. The Child in Poetry: Foundlings, Lostlings, Changelings. Proceedings of the British Academy 151. Oxford: Oxford UP, for British Academy, 2007. Print.
  • Wakely-Mulroney, Katherine. Isaac Watts and the Dimensions of Child Interiority. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 39(1) (2016): 103-119. Print.
  • Wakely-Mulroney, Katherine, and Louise Joy, eds. The Aesthetics of Children's Poetry: a study of children's verse in English. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, New York: Routledge, 2018. Print.
  • Watson, J. R. The English Hymn: A Critical and Historical Study. Oxford: OUP, 1997. 133-170. Print.
  • Wendeln, Ronald A. Isaac Watt's Horae lyricae as dissenting conversion literature. Unpub. doct. diss., Boston College, 1978. Print.