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All things must be fulfilled which were written in....the
....Luke xxiv. 44.
us should not be made perfect.......... Heb. xi, 39, 40.
With a brief Sketch of the Author's Life.
BY LINCOLN AND EDMANDS.
BRIEF SKETCH OF DR. WATT S.
DR. ISAAC WATTS, a learned and eminent dissenting minister, was born at Southampton, 1674, of parents remarkable for piety and virtue. From his infancy, be discovered a strong propensity to learning; and was early distinguished for the sprightliness of his wit ; which, even in the years of younger life, was regulated by a deep sense of religion. At the school at Southampton, he was taught Latin, Greek, and Hebrew; and in 1690 was sent to an academy in London, to complete his education. His tutor declared that during the whole time of bis tuition at this academy, he was not only so inoffensive as never to give occasion for reproof; but so exemplary that he often proposed bim as a pattern to his other pupils.
In 1696, he was invited by Sir John Hartopp, to reside in his famı. Jy at Stoke Newington, as tutor to his son Here he continued about four years: and acquitted himself with fidelity and reputation. Believing it to be his duty, be determined to devote his life to the pastoral office, of the importance of which, he had a deep sense upon his mind. He began to preach on his birth-day, 1695, when he had completed his 341h year; and le met with general acceptance.
In 1712, he had a severe fever, which, by its violence and continuance, reduced him
so much that he never perfectly recovered. The languishing state of his health drew upon him the attention of Sir Thomas Abney, who received him into his house; where, with a constancy of friendship and uniformity of conduct not often to be found, he was treated for thirty six years, with all the kindness that friendship could prompt, and all the attention that respect could dictate. From the time of his reception in this family, his life was no otherwise diversified than by successive labours for the good of mankind; the number and variety of which show the inienseness of his industry, and the extent of his capacity. In 1728, the universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, without his knowledge, conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity.
Hes writings are so numerous, that in this sketch we cannot even give a list of them. They were collected and published in • 1734, in 6 vols. quarto. His Lyric Poems, his Psalms and Hymns,
and his Divine Songs for children, are a sufficient proof of his poetical talents. They have had an amazing number of editions. His treatise on Logic, a masterly perfarmance, has been long Used in the most distingvished seminario His“ Improvement of the Mind" is an excellent work, which may be recoinmended to all young persons.
This worthy and exemplary man became, towards the end of his days, so infirm that he was confined to his chamber and his bed, where he was worn gradually away, without pain, till be expred in the 75th year of Sis age.
LL ye that love the 310 Firm was my health,
Almighty Ruler 23 Fools in their hearts 32 midst thy wrath
84 Forever blessed be the 295 Among th' assemblies
165 Forever shall my song 173 Among the princes, 172 From age to age exalt 220 And will the God of grace!65 From all that dwell
238 Are all the foes of Zion 115 From deep distress 273 Are sinners now so
G Arise, my gracious God 38
VIVE thanks to God, 219 Awake, ye saints, to 279 I Give thanks to God; 215 B
Give thanks to God most 282
Behold the lofty sky 45 Give thanks to God, the 230
45 Give to our God immortal 284 Behold the love,
77 Give to the Lord, ye sons 63 Behold the sure
240 God in his earthly temple 173 Behold thy waiting 251 God is the refuge of his 98 Bless, O my soul, 206 God, my supporter 149 Blest are the sons of peace 276 God of my childhood Blest are the souls that 176 God of eternal love 218 Blest are the undefl'd 243 God of my life,
87 Blest is the man, forever 68 God of my mercy
225 Blest is the man, whose 91 Good is the Lord,
131 Blest is the man who shuns 7 Great is the Lord, exalted 279 Blest is the nation where 70 Great is the Lord; his 229 с
Great is the Lord our God 100 HILDREN, in years 74 Great God, attend,
Happy is he that 231
123 Happy the city where 296 Exalt the Lord our 199 Happy the man to wbom 68
Happy the man whose 9 AR as thy name is 101 Hear me,o God, nor hide 203
176 Father. I sing thy 140 Help, Lord, for men 29 Firm and unmoy'd are 266 He reigns, the Lord,
I'Cool to build the
166 Lord, if thine eyes-
Lord, I will bless thee 73
269 Lord, of the worlds above 169
273 Lord, when I count 291
206 Lord, when thou didst 136
88 Loud hallelujahs to the 306
Lo, what an everlasting 276
Mercy and judgment 201
42 My God, how many 13
My God, in whom 119
248 My God, my King, 296
298|My God, what inwar3 288
135 My heart rejoices 66
117 My refuge is the God 27
205 My righteous Judge, 293
99 Aly Saviour and my King 95
Jesus shall reign Where'er 196 MA
Let all the heathen
Ndeep nor slumber 275
238 Sweet is the memory 298
Of justice and of grace 2027TEACHme the measure 86
O God of mercy,
115 Thee will I love, O Lord, 40