1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Isaac Watts

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 80.



From a Picture by Gainsborough, in Dr. Williams's Library.

This is the head of, if not a fine poet, at least of a most sensible, useful, and exemplary man. Dr. WATTS is well known amongst youthful readers, as the author of some popular books on education, and his "Logic" is, we believe, upheld at Oxford, in preference to the more elaborate and extensive work of Locke. Some of his hymns make an impression on us that we never lose. We have heard a witty friend of ours recite (with an emphasis on the second word) — "How doth the little busy bee," &c. in a way to satisfy us that his industry might be traced with little trouble to the poem of Dr. Watts. Whether our friend's humour, his shrewdness, his fine talent for depicting the drolleries of our nature, may be ascribed to the same influence, we know not. The portrait here given of Watts wears a very intelligent character. The mouth is not pleasing, perhaps, but the eye makes rich amends for any small defect.