Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was born in Southampton, England, the son of a Congregationalist minister, who was incarcerated twice for his non-conformist views. He followed his father into the ministry, pasturing a large Independent Chapel in London. Only five foot tall, Watts had a large head, made larger by a huge wig and suffered ill health for much of his life. During the last thirty years of his life, he was more or less an invalid, however Watts fulfilled his ministerial duties as possible and devoted the remainder of his energies to study and writing. His books on theology and logic gained him wide repute, but Watts considered his sacred songs to be his most significant contribution to the church.
Other well known hymns that Watts wrote include "Joy To The World
" and "O God, Our Help in Ages Past."