Watts is best known to later centuries for his hymn writing. Apparently, he began rhyming at a very young age, and even developed the annoying habit of carrying on domestic conversations in verse. The young Watts was once lamenting the ponderous and archaic psalm translations sung in the English churches: they resulted in dreary and uninspired performance by the congregation. His father reputedly challenged him to write better poetry for worship; in response, Watts composed a new hymn each Sunday for two years. Watts would go on to produce a national vogue for such new "hymns of human composure." He published three anthologies of poetry for singing in church, the Hymns of 1707, Divine Songs for Children (1715, the first hymnal ever written for young people), and the Psalms of David Imitated (1719). In the latter volume, Watts re-translated the Psalms with the stated intent of infusing them with a "New Testament message and style." His vibrant and affective poetry not only changed the course of church music in England, but was also imported to similar churches in the Americas (Congregational, Presbyterian, and Baptist) a generation later. A large number of his hymns -- "O God, Our Help in Ages Past," "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," "I Sing the Mighty Power of God," "Jesus Shall Reign," and "Joy to the World" -- remain in currency in most English hymnals worldwide.