Catechisms by Issac Watts
Isaac Watts (1674–1748).
The First Set of Catechisms and Prayers; or the Religion
of Little Children under Seven Years of Age.
London: C.E. Knight, Williams and Smith, [et al.], 1806. (BRB0770)
[Bound with:] Isaac Watts (1674–1748).
The Second Set of Catechisms and Prayers, or Some Help to the Children,
and Their Knowledge of the Scriptures, From Seven to Twelve Years of Age.
London: C.E. Knight, Williams and Smith, [et al.], 1806.
Isaac Watts is most well-known as a Nonconformist hymn-writer. Many of his compositions are still in common use today and his Divine Songs, first published in 1715, is considered the first hymn-book for children. Watts’s non-hymnal writings include catechisms composed for children of various ages: the first set for children under seven years of age and the second set for children from seven to twelve years of age. This early nineteenth century edition of The First Set begins with the catechism for a young child, “to be begun at three or four years old.”