The Poetical Works Of Isaac Watts And Henry Kirke White (volume 63)

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byIsaac Watts

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1881. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR. When Dr. Watts was urged by his friends to leave behind him some memoirs from which a history of his life might be composed, " he absolutely declined it, and desired that his character might stand in the world merely as it would appear in his works." It is indeed fully portrayed there, without varnish and without disguise. But it is pleasing to contemplate, in one view, the even tenour of a long life, innocently and industriously passed in uniform tranquillity and perfect contentment. Isaac Watts, the eldest of nine children, was born at Southampton, July 17, 1674, and named after his father, who kept a boarding-school in that town. The persecution which the Church of England had undergone during the Great Rebellion was then too recent to be forgotten by the nation, or forgiven by the clergy themselves; for toleration is a principle which is seldom learnt by the persecuted. Mr. Watts was a decided nonconformist, and is described as a man of "lively devotion:" he was imprisoned on the score of his religion, and during his confinement, his wife often sat on a stone at the prison-door with this their child, then an infant at her breast. A book is said to have been the boy's greatest pleasure before he had well learnt to speak; but this can only mean that, like all other children, he was amused by looking at prints, before he could read. His intellect, however, must have been dangerously precocious; for we are told that "he entered upon the study of the learned languages in his fourth year, at the free grammar-school of his native town, under the Rev. John Pinhorne, of whose ability and gentleness as a schoolmaster he always retained a grateful and affectionate remembrance." It is related of him that his chief pleasure was in books ; that the l...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1881. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR. When Dr. Watts was urged by his friends to leave behind him some memoirs from which a history of his life might...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.33 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217129773

ISBN - 13:9780217129770

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