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Examine for unitarian beliefs. Homagetocatalonia 22:20, 17 May 2006 (UTC)
Very interesting. Thank you for that reference. It doesn't sound to me as though he was a unitarian, but just that he had some anguished self-confrontation over the doctrine of the trinity. Amity150 05:56, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
Dr. Watts' hymns
I believe that Watts wrote only the words to these hymns, not the music. Amity150 21:20, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
I have attempted to develop the section on Watts's Logic in the 'Other Works' section, although I realise it still leaves much to be desired. Of course, it is not supposed to be final, and I welcome anyone else's contributions to it. I'll tidy it up as soon as possible. Plotinus 19:04, 14 July 2007 (UTC)
/////////// i have the psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, of the rev. isaac watts, d.d. to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression by samuel worcester, d.d.
Sounds which address the ear are lost …
Watts translated Horace like this: "Sounds which address the ear are lost and die / In one short hour; but that which strikes the eye / Lives long upon the mind; the faithful sight / Engraves the knowledge with a beam of light.", in "The improvement of the mind: to which is added, a discourse on the education of children and youth" by Watts, 1815. The Latin original comes from Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Ars poetica, Satires, line 180, see http://www.latim.ufsc.br/Ars%20poetica.html or http://www.jstor.org/pss/262907. The original: "Segnius irritant animos demissa per aurem, / Quam quae sunt oculis subjecta fidelibus, et quae / Ipse sibi tradit spectator.". Watts is frequently quoted; I found the quote in "The Elements of Euclid" by Oliver Bryne on the introduction page xii. Perhaps this famous quotation on the influence of pictures vs. mere sounds might be added to Watts. — Fritz Jörn (talk) 19:48, 13 June 2011 (UTC)
Isaac Watts, poem used in popular song
Hello. On a phonograph album by Jimmy Cliff, "Unlimited" (c. 1972) there is a song, "World of Peace" which quotes the first stanza of Isaac Watts' poem, "Against Quarreling and Fighting." The name of he song can be seen plainly on the cover of the record, but unlike the other songs on the album, the song seems nowhere to be found on You Tube. I wonder whether it was removed for some reason--though I can't imagine anyone's objecting to the song itself--maybe because the poem was borrowed without proper attribution (though it is so old it must be in common domain). I can find nothing about this online.
Anyway, I think the Jimmy Cliff song should be mentioned in the Isaac Watts article, but I have never edited Wikipedia before and don't know how to do it. So I am leaving this note here.