The son of a nonconformist schoolmaster, Isaac Watts was educated at Stoke Newington Academy (1690-94) where he was a classmate of John Hughes, editor of Spenser. He worked as a private tutor (1696-1702) and as a dissenting minister in London (1702-48). His later life was spent living with Sir Thomas and Lady Abney at Theobalds and Stoke Newington. While his prose works were long used as school texts, Watts is remembered for his hymns: he composed over 600.
The first catechism. 1692.
Horae lyricae, poems chiefly of the lyric kind. 1706, 1709.
Hymns and spiritual songs. 1707.
Divine songs attempted in easy language for the use of children. 1715.
A guide to prayer. 1715.
The Psalms of David imitated. 1719.
The art of reading and writing English. 1721.
Sermons on various subjects. 3 vols, 1721-27.
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity. 1722.
Death and heaven. 1722.
Three dissertations relating to the Christian doctrine of the trinity. 1724.
Logic, or the right use of reason. 1725.
The knowledge of the heavens and earth made easy. 1726.
A defense against the temptation of self-murder. 1726.
An essay towards the encouragement of charity schools. 1728.
A caveat against infidelity. 1729.
An humble attempt towards the revival of practical religion. 1731.
Philosophical essays on several subjects. 1733.
Relique juveniles: miscellaneous thoughts in prose and verse. 1734.
The redeemer and the sanctifier. 1736.
Humility represented in the character of St. Paul. 1737.
A new essay on civil power in things sacred. 1739.
The improvement of the mind. 1741.
The world to come. 2 vols, 1745.
Useful and important questions concerning Jesus, the son of God. 1746.
The glory of Christ as God-man displayed. 1746.
Evangelical discourses on several subjects. 1747.
The rational foundation of the Christian church. 1747.
Works, ed. D. Jennings and P. Doddridge. 6 vols, 1753.
Works, ed. G. Burder. 6 vols, 1810-11.