Author photo. Source: "The story of the hymns and tunes," <br>by Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth<br> (New York, 1906)<br> (Project Guttenberg)

Source: "The story of the hymns and tunes,"
by Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
(New York, 1906)
(Project Guttenberg)

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Iaasc Watts was an invalid schoolmaster who wrote over 500 hymns. He acquired his gift of poetry from his father, a Southhampton schoolmaster. He became a tutor when he grew up, and then a minister, and received the degree of doctor of divinity from a Scottish university. He was taken ill when thirty-eight years old, and went for a rest at the home of Sir Thomas Abney at Theobalds, which he never left till he died, thirty-six years later. --- Adapted from The Writers of the Hymns, The Book of Knowledge (1912) Vol. VII, page 1998.
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