1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Isaac Watts

Anonymous, "Literary Recollections: Dr. Watts" New British Lady's Magazine 1 (October 1818) 169.



Dr. Watts was remarkable for vivacity in conversation, and ready wit, though he never shewed a fondness for displaying it. Being one day in a coffee-room, with some friends, he overheard a gentleman asking, rather contemptuously, "What, is that the great Dr. Watts!" when, turning suddenly round, in in good humour, he repeated a stanza from his Lyric Poems, which produced a silent admiration:

Were I so tall to reach the pole,
Or meet the ocean with my span;
I must be measured by my soul,
The mind's the standard of the man.

Dr. Watts was short in stature, being only about five feet.