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Divine and Moral Songs for Children

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"Divine Songs," the first part of this collection, was published in 1715. It was several years later when the "Moral Songs" were added. Isaac Watts points to Ephesians 5:19, to "teach and admonish one another by hymns and songs," as his motivation for writing the hymns. In the past, this song collection was very popular and the editions numbered in the hundreds. We are ins ...more
Paperback, 60 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Curiosmith (first published 1715)
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Most churches seem to have moved away from singing hymns to praise songs, and the use of the hymnal has been displaced with PowerPoint slides to project the lyrics at the front of the sanctuary (or should I say auditorium?). To some extent I suppose it's just a matter of preference and personal taste, but I have to say that the lyrics of many of the contemporary worship songs I hear seem so shallow and repetitive and lacking in content. And the melodies are often really tough to catch on to. I t ...more
Nothing very special. Has a kind of Victorian moral tone which I don't like, but they are clearly decently crafted moral songs/poems.

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Reading hymns is not my favourite things to wile away time with. Let go hymns written for children with an odd mix of being sickeningly sweet and shockingly horrible.
It's amazing what topics can be expressed in verse. I enjoyed this little volume of poems, most of which I was not previously acquainted with.
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Isaac Watts was an English hymnwriter, theologian and logician. A prolific and popular hymnwriter, he was recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody", credited with some 650 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in use today, and have been translated into many languages.

Watts was the author of a text book on logic which was particularly popular; its full title was, Logic, or The Right Use of Reason in
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