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Selected Poems

Isaac Watts

Edited by Gordon Jackson

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ISBN: 978 1 857544 05 3
Categories: 17th Century, Anglican
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Published: April 1999
197 x 131 x 8 mm
320 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.
    Isaac Watts (1674-1748) has been sung by almost everyone whose first language is English, but read by only a few. The time has come to challenge that neglect.

    This book presents a selection of Watts's poems, showing that he was a consummate artist as well as an enthusiast, scholar and populariser. He taught the English people how to worship and enjoy God 'in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs'. He spells out a religion free of sourness, without affectation. His rhetoric is bold, natural and full of joy. Watts was incapable of damning God with faint praise. Art and faith in his poems and hymns are manifestations of the same impulse.

    Born in Leeds in 1938, GORDON JACKSON was at school with his friend and mentor the poet John Riley, whose work he first printed and published under his Grosseteste Press imprint in 1966. He later published 50 titles of his own work under the Asgill imprint. His working life has been mainly in teacher education, pioneering among other things work on Shakespeare for the primary school. In 1997 Carcanet published The Lincoln Psalter, his Psalm translations.

    Isaac Watts
    Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was born in Southampton, the son of Isaac Watts, a Nonconformist who had been incarcerated on two occasions for his views. Isaac the Younger was educated at King Edward VI School, where he learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew. At home, his talent for rhyme soon became evident. In ... read more
    Gordon Jackson
    Born in Leeds in 1938, Gordon Jackson was at school with his friend and mentor the poet John Riley, whose work he first printed and published under his Grosseteste Press imprint in 1966. He later published 50 titles of his own work under the Asgill imprint. His working life has been ... read more
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