Around this time, his brother Enoch wrote a letter to him urging him to publish his hymns. He wrote, "there is great need of a pen, vigorous and lively as yours, to quicken and revive the dying devotion of the age.
Before Watts' time most hymns were merely recitations of the Psalms and other poetry in the Bible. As still happens in many churches today, many church leaders felt more comfortable just sticking with the old, familiar ways of worship even if it meant that worship became dry and lifeless. On the other hand, Watts' hymns like Alas!
A new collection of hymns from the internationally renowned Huddersfield Choral Society, including modern 'classics' and ranging back through the Vaughan Williams revival to tunes having their origins in the German Baroque. Isaac Watts When I survey the wondrous cross has words by the great hymn-writer Isaac Watts. The well-known tune 'Rockingham' was composed by Edward Miller The prolific Watts is credited with seven-hundred-and-fifty hymn texts, many of which are regarded as classics today.
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