Isaac Watts has often been called "the Father of English Hymnody." He is responsible for many of my favorite hymns:
- Joy to the world (arranged by Lowell Mason to an older melody originating from Handel)
- Come ye that love the Lord (often sung with the chorus [and titled] "We’re marching to Zion")
- O God, Our Help in Ages Past
- When I survey the wondrous cross
- Alas! and did my Saviour bleed
and many, many others. I've seen his hymns in Baptist, Anglican, and Methodist hymnals, so I'm assuming he's Protestant in some fashion (although I'd love to know if he is in Catholic hymnals), but I don't know what tradition he himself was.
Does he he make a confession in a particular denomination?