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.

 How Shall I Sing that Majesty I A General Song of Praise to Almighty God
 What shall I render to my God
 II A General Song of Praise to Almighty God
 Thou Wast, O God, and Thou Was Blest III A Song of Praise for Creation
 Thou Lord, who raised'st Heav'n and Earth IV A Song of Praise for Preservation
 Come, let us praise our Master's Hand V A Song of Praise for Provision
 My God, my only Help and Hope VI A Song of Praise for Protection
 Health is a Jewel dropt from Heav'n VII A Song of Praise for Health
 Thy Blessing, Lord, doth multiply VIII A Song of Praise for Family Prosperity
 Is not the Hand of God in this? IX A Song of Praise for good Success in honest Affairs
 Lord, for the Mercies of the Night X A Song of Praise for the Morning (fourth verse)
 My God Was with Me All This Night X A Song of Praise for the Morning (first verse)
 Now from the Altar of My Heart XI A Song of Praise for the Evening
 Away, dark Thoughts; awake, my Joy XII A Song of Praise for the Birth of Christ
 I’ve Found the Pearl of Greatest Price XIII A Song of Praise for Christ
 O that I had an Angel's Tongue XIV A Song of Praise for Redemption
 Blest Be My God That I Was Born  XV A Song of Praise for the Gospel
 Fair are the Feet which bring the News XVI A Song of Praise for a Gospel Ministry
 Lord, what is Man, that Lump of Sin XVII A Song of Praise for Holy Baptism
 O Praise the Lord! Praise him, praise him XVIII A Song of Praise for the Lord's Supper
 My Lord, My Love, Was Crucified XIX A Song of Praise for the Lord's Day
 Blest Day of God, Most Calm, Most Bright XX A Song of Praise for the Lord's Day
 Almighty God, how hast thou born XXI A Song of Praise for the Patience of God
 My God, a God of Pardon Is XXII A Song of Praise for Pardon of Sin
 My God, My Reconciled God XXIII A Song of Praise for Peace of Conscience
 The world can neither give nor take XXIII A Song of Praise for Peace of Conscience
 A Living Stream, as Crystal Clear XXIV A Song of Praise for Joy in the Holy Ghost
 There is a stream, which issues forth XXIV A Song of Praise for Joy in the Holy Ghost
 O God of Grace, who hast restor'd XXV A Song of Praise for Grace
 What are the Heav'ns, O God of Heav'n XXVI A Song of Praise for Answer of Prayer
 Great God, who does the World command XXVII A Song of Praise for Deliverance from Enemies
 I that am drawn out of the Depth XXVIII A Song of Praise for Deliverance from Spiritual Troubles
 Lord of My Life, Length of My Days XXIX A Song of Praise for Deliverance from Imminent Dangers of Death
 I sojourn in a Vale of Tears XXX A Song of Praise for the Hope of Glory
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