John Mason's Hymns
John Julian's 1907 Dictionary of Hymnology lists fourteen hymns as John Mason's work, though two are the same hymn and one, O Voice of the Belovèd, is an error (it is by Jackson Mason). The thirteen genuine ones are indicated by the Song number being shown in red, while two that were found in The Oxford Hymn Book 1908-27 are shown in green, one of these being a composite of Songs XXIII and XXVIII.
We have scanned and put online the first thirty Songs in Mason's Songs of Praise to Almighty God upon several Occasions. Though we would disassociate ourselves with the sentiments of a few of them, we think that, in addition to the increasingly popular How Shall I Sing that Majesty, Song XI Now from the Altar of My Heart deserves to be sung regularly and that Song XII and Song X (4th verse) could have a place in services today. Song XII was sung for perhaps the first time since Mason's day at the St Giles Christmas Day Service in 2015.
Mason's number and title in Songs of Praise is shown alongside the first line in every case. The links show the original and modern forms of some of the better-known and more influential hymns and how other writers have drawn on them. Songs I, XI, XIII and XXIV in particular include extended notes on the text and usage. Each song title below is a link to the full words, though to improve the appearance of the list they are not shown as bold, unlike elsewhere on this site.
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