Isaac Watts Poems
- Against Quarreling And Fightin... Let dogs delight to bark and ...
- Against Lying O 'tis a lovely thing for youth To early walk ...
- Against Idleness And Mischief How doth the little busy Bee ...
- Against Evil Company Why should I join with those in Play, ...
- Against Scoffing And Calling N... Our tongues were made to ...
- Cradle Hymn Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber; Holy ...
- Hymn 100 Believe and be saved. John 3:16-18.
Isaac Watts (17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748) was an English hymnwriter, theologian and logician. A prolific and popular hymnwriter, he was recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody", credited with some 650 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in use today, and have been translated into many languages.
Born in Southampton, England, in 1674, Watts was brought up in the home of a committed religious Nonconformist — his father, also Isaac Watts, had been incarcerated twice for his controversial views. At King Edward VI School (where one of the houses is now named "Watts" in his honour), Watts learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew. From an early age, Watts displayed a ... more »
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Against Quarreling And Fighting
Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made them so:
Let bears and lions growl and fight,
For 'tis their nature, too.
But, children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise:
Your little hands were never made
To tear each other's eyes.
Let love through all your actions run,
And all your words be mild:
Live like the blessed Virgin's Son,
That sweet and lovely child.
His soul was gentle as a lamb;
And as his stature grew,
He grew in favor both with man,
And God his Father too.
Now, Lord of all, he reigns ...