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Isaac Watts and the Sacred Harp tradition
Of the more that 600 tunes in the Sacred Harp, 149 of them have words by Isaac Watts. Similarly, of the 180 tunes in the Missouri Harmony 2005 Edition, Isaac Watts is credited with the words for 75 of them. The majority of these words come from Watts monumental Psalms and Hymns, first published in 1707. It would be difficult to overestimate the impact of Isaac Watts on the Sacred Harp tradition. Here, is a cross reference of Isaac Watts Psalms and Hymns to tunes in The Sacred Harp, 1991 edition. Here, is a cross reference of Isaac Watts Psalms and Hymns to tunes in The Missouri Harmony, 2005 edition.