As we have amassed one of America’s largest collections of original documents from the Founding Era, we occasionally come across books that, while falling apart on the outside, have pages that are still in great condition. In those cases, we can either repair the book or take the outer shells off and do something unique: offer a way for you to own a piece of history. This time, we are offering a page from an original Isaac Watts Hymnal.
Isaac Watts (1674-1748) is known as the “Father of English Hymnody” and in addition to well-known hymns like Joy to the World, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, At the Cross and many other timeless pieces, he also set the entire book of Psalms to music. Interestingly, early hymnals did not include musical notation, but only the words of the hymn. The melodies came from already known songs, or from a cantor who sang the tune in the congregation.
Watts Hymnal played a significant role in the American Revolution and during early American education. When you buy a page, you will also receive a sheet with history on Isaac Watts and the use of the hymnal in early America. This will be a treasured keepsake that you can pass down for generations, or a unique gift you can give to that person who always “has everything.”
This 4″x6″ page comes in an attractive display folder that also gives historical accounts regarding Isaac Watts and his hymnal.