List of illustrations; Introduction; 1. Dr Byrom of Manchester, FRS; 2. Isaac Watts: the axiomatic hymns; 3. Watts's atrocity hymns; 4. The 'Ending Up' of Isaac Watts; 5. The carnality of Charles Wesley; 6. Psalmody as translation; 7. Inwardness and the dictionary; 8. Christopher Smart and English rococo; 9. Smart's elegance; 10. The author of 'Amazing Grace'; 11. William Cowper and the plain style; Conclusion; Index.
Poet and critic Donald Davie reclaims the literary importance of the eighteenth-century hymn.