Isaac Watts - Works - Hymns


Some of Watts' hymns include:

  • Joy to the world (based on Psalm 98, arranged by Lowell Mason to an older melody originating from Handel)
  • Come ye that love the Lord (often sung with the chorus "We’re marching to Zion")
  • Come Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove
  • Jesus shall reign where’er the sun (based on Psalm 72)
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (based on Psalm 90)
  • When I survey the wondrous cross
  • Alas! and did my Saviour bleed
  • This is the day the Lord has made
  • 'Tis by Thy strength the mountains stand
  • I sing the mighty power of God (originally entitled "Praise for Creation and Providence" from Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children)
  • My shepherd will supply my need (based on Psalm 23)

Many of his hymns are included in the Baptist Hymnal, the Presbyterian Trinity Hymnal, and the Methodist Hymns and Psalms. Many of his texts are also used in the American hymnal The Sacred Harp, using what is known as the shape note singing technique. Several of his hymns are used in the hymnals of the Church of Christ, Scientist and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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