Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Isaac Watts and Joseph Stennett

From The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts and of particular interest to Seventh Day Baptists:
London in Watts' day was a city of great preachers, and he and his friends were determined to hear as many of them, and as often, as they could manage. Watts wrote of John Howe, the awe-invoking former chaplain to Oliver Cromwell; of Thomas Gouge, who preached at the meetinghouse on Thames Street; and of Joseph Stennett, preacher at Pinner's Hall and author of the hymn "O Blessed Savior, Is Thy Love." His grandson Samuel Stennett would author the better-known hymn "Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned"; both grandfather and grandson wrote on themes that would occupy Watts' pen as a hymn writer. [links added]
More on Joseph Stennett here and both Joseph and Samuel.