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Isaac Watts

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Often called the daddy of English Hymnody, Isaac W profoundly influenced the church music of both England and America. Frail and unpleasant of body, but precocious and razor-sharp of intellect, W singlehandedly might have shifted the practice in English-speaking Protestant churches from metrical Psalms to congregational hymns. W was created in Southampton, Britain, the eldest of nine kids. His dad, a well-educated and outspoken Congregationalist deacon, is at jail for his non-conformist views during Isaac’s delivery. Isaac quickly demonstrated his father’s intellectual power, learning Latin at age five, Greek at nine, French at 11, and Hebrew at 13. W ultimately became a Congregational minister himself, carrying on his father’s strenuous Dissent through the Church of Britain. Though almost an invalid going back 30 years of his existence, W demonstrated a prolific article writer, posting 29 theological treatises, three quantities of sermons, many texbooks on reasoning, and a number of essays on mindset along with other scholarly pusuits. The British nation identified his importance by erecting a posthumous monument in Westminster Abbey. W is best recognized to later on generations for his hymn composing. Apparently, he started rhyming at an extremely young age, and also developed the irritating habit of holding on domestic discussions in verse. The youthful W was once lamenting the ponderous and archaic psalm translations sung within the British churches: they led to dreary and uninspired efficiency from the congregation. His dad reputedly challenged him to create better poetry for worship; in response, W composed a fresh hymn each Weekend for just two years. W would continue to make a nationwide vogue for such fresh “hymns of human being composure.” He released three anthologies of poetry for performing in cathedral, the Hymns of 1707, Divine Music for Kids (1715, the very first hymnal ever created for teenagers), as well as the Psalms of David Imitated (1719). Within the last mentioned volume, W re-translated the Psalms using the mentioned objective of infusing them with a “New Testament message and design.” His radiant and affective poetry not merely changed the span of cathedral music in Britain, but was also brought in to very similar churches within the Americas (Congregational, Presbyterian, and Baptist) a era afterwards. A lot of his hymns — “O God, Our Assist in Age range Past,” “WHILE I Study the Wondrous Combination,” “I Sing the Mighty Power of God,” “Jesus Shall Reign,” and “Pleasure to the Globe” — stay in currency generally in most British hymnals worldwide.

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Full Name Isaac Watts
Died November 25, 1748, Stoke Newington, United Kingdom
Profession Writer, Theologian
Education King Edward VI School, Southampton


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love 2016 TV Movie writer: "Joy to the World"
Upper Middle Bogan 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Christmas Project 2016 writer: "Joy to the World"
Random Acts 2016 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Christmas Is 2016 TV Movie writer: "Joy to the World"
Murdoch Mysteries 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Love the Coopers 2015 writer: "Joy to the World"
Christmas Icetastrophe 2014 TV Movie writer: "Joy To The World"
Correcting Christmas 2014 TV Movie writer: "Joy to the World"
Saturday Night Live TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2010
A Madea Christmas 2013 writer: "Joy to the World"
Grimm 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Studio C 2013 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Guess Who's Coming to Christmas 2013 TV Movie writer: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
Glee 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Good Wife 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Getaway 2013 writer: "Joy to the World"
Orange Is the New Black 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Mistle-Tones 2012 TV Movie writer: "Joy to the World Rock"
The Swan Princess Christmas 2012 writer: "Joy to the World"
12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue 2012 music: "Toy land / Joy To The World" / writer: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
Gila! 2012 TV Movie music: "Jazz Joy To The World"
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 writer: "Joy To The World"
Hatfields & McCoys 2012 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Christmas with a Capital C 2011 lyrics: "Joy to the World"
12 Dates of Christmas 2011 TV Movie writer: "Joy to the World"
Mon arbre 2011 writer: "Joy To The World"
The Moth Diaries 2011 writer: "O God, Our Help In Ages Past"
Ice Quake 2010 TV Movie writer: "Joy To the World"
Fireplace for your Home: Christmas Music 2010 writer: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
Live from Studio Five 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Community 2009 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
One Good Man 2009 lyrics: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
Will You Merry Me? 2008 TV Movie lyrics: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
House M.D. 2008 TV Series 1 episode
Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage 2008 writer: "Joy To The World"
Barbie in 'A Christmas Carol' 2008 Video "Joy To The World"
The Burrowers 2008 lyrics: "Alas, And Did My Saviour Bleed" - uncredited
Midsomer Murders 2008 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Let Her Be 2008 Video short performer: "Steamroller" / writer: "Steamroller"
Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2007 TV Movie writer: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising 2007 lyrics: "Joy to the World"
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey 2007 writer: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
Amazing Grace 2007/I Video lyrics: "When I Survey The Wond'rous Cross"
7th Heaven 2005-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Christmas Card 2006 TV Movie writer: "Joy to the World"
Unaccompanied Minors 2006 writer: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
My Brother 2006 writer: "Joy to the World"
African American Lives 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
The Family Stone 2005 writer: "Joy to the World"
The Simpsons 2002-2005 TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes
Veronica Mars 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Christmas with the Kranks 2004 "Joy to the World" 1719
Saved! 2004 lyrics: "Joy to the World" 1719
Radio 2003 lyrics: "Joy to the World" 1719
In Search of the Brontës 2003 TV Movie writer: "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" - uncredited
The Barber 2002 music: "Joy To The World"
Becker 2002 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Roswell 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lorna Doone 2000 TV Movie lyrics: "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" / writer: "O God, Our Help in Ages Past"
The West Wing 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Everybody Loves Raymond 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Something to Sing About 2000 TV Movie writer: "We're Marching to Zion"
I Dreamed of Africa 2000 lyrics: "O God Our Help in Ages Past" - uncredited
Futurama 1999 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas 1999 Video writer: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
200 Cigarettes 1999 as I. Watts, "Joy to the World"
The Other Sister 1999 lyrics: "Joy to the World"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Haba-baba-doo! Puti-puti-poo! 1998 lyrics: "Joy To The World"
Homicide: Life on the Street 1997 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas 1997 TV Movie documentary lyrics: "Joy To the World"
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas 1997 Video writer: "Joy to the World"
A Dance to the Music of Time 1997 TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Chicago Cab 1997 lyrics: "Joy to the World"
Dead Man Walking 1995 writer: "This Is The Day The Lord Has Made"
Pinky and the Brain 1995 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Reckless 1995 lyrics: "Joy to the World" 1719
The Garden 1995 Video writer: "OLD 100TH"
Miracle on 34th Street 1994 writer: "Joy to the World"
Grumpy Old Men 1993 writer: "Joy to the World"
Northern Exposure 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Because It's Christmas: Barry Manilow 1991 Video documentary music: "Joy To The World/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Not Without My Daughter 1991 writer: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
Christmas at Home 1990 TV Movie documentary lyrics: "Joy To The World"
Quantum Leap 1990 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Funny Farm 1988 writer: "Joy To The World" - uncredited
Fame 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Little House on the Prairie 1978-1981 TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes
Chariots of Fire 1981 lyrics: "Jesus Shall Reign" 1793 - uncredited
The Waltons 1977-1979 TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes
The Carpenters at Christmas 1977 TV Special writer: "Deck the Halls / Joy to the World"
Carry on Dick 1974 lyrics: "Oh God, Our Help In Ages Past" - uncredited
Fol-de-Rol 1972 TV Movie writer: "Joy to the World"
Cold Turkey 1971 lyrics: "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past" - uncredited
Love Story 1970 "Joy To The World"
Till Death Us Do Part 1968 writer: "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" - uncredited
The President's Analyst 1967 lyrics: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
Tom Jones 1963 lyrics: "O God Our Help in Ages Past" - uncredited
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1959 - 1961 lyrics - 1 episode, 1962
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol 1962 TV Movie writer: "Joy To the World" - uncredited
Bonanza 1961 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Red Skelton Hour 1961 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Twilight Zone 1960 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1957-1960 TV Series lyrics - 3 episodes
The Candlemaker 1957 Short lyrics: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
All That Heaven Allows 1955 lyrics: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
O. Henry's Full House 1952 lyrics: "Joy to the World" - uncredited
I'd Climb the Highest Mountain 1951 lyrics: "We're Marching to Zion"
Santa's Surprise 1947 Short writer: "Joy To The World" - uncredited
Christmas Eve 1947 lyrics: "Joy To The World" - uncredited
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes 1945 "Joy to the World" 1719, uncredited
A Yank in London 1945 lyrics: "Oh God Our Help in Ages Past" - uncredited
The Uninvited 1944 writer: "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" - uncredited
Sundown 1941 lyrics: "O God Our Help in Ages Past" - uncredited
Bedtime for Sniffles 1940 Short lyrics: "Joy to the World" 1719 - uncredited
The Proud Valley 1940 lyrics: "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" - uncredited
21 Days Together 1940 lyrics: "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" - uncredited
In Name Only 1939 lyrics: "Joy To The World" - uncredited
Spitfire 1934 "At the Cross" 1885, uncredited

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