Song XXIV
A Song of Praise for Joy in the Holy Ghost 
This hymn, number 305 in The Oxford Hymn Book, 1908-1925, is attributed to Mason but omits his first two verses. It appears to be the direct precursor of Keble's hymn.


There is a stream, which issues forth 
    From God's eternal throne, 
And from the Lamb, a living stream, 
    Clear as the crystal stone.

This stream doth water paradise; 
    It makes the angels sing; 
One cordial drop revives my heart; 
    Hence all my joys do spring:

Such joys as are unspeakable, 
    And full of glory too; 
Such hidden manna, hidden pearls, 
   As worldlings do not know.

Eye hath not seen, nor ear hath heard, 
    From fancy 'tis concealed, 
What thou, Lord, hast laid up for thine, 
    And hast to me revealed.

I see thy face, I hear thy voice, 
    I taste thy sweetest love; 
My soul doth leap; but oh for wings, 
    The wings of Noah's dove!

Then should I flee far hence away, 
    Leaving this world of sin; 
Then should my Lord put forth his hand, 
    And kindly take me in.

Then should my soul with angels feast 
    On joys that always last; 
Blest be my God, the God of joy, 
    Who gives me here a taste. 
 
These are Mason's words as they appear in
1. 
My Soul doth magnify the Lord,  
    My Spirit doth rejoice 
In God my Saviour, and my God; 
    I hear his joyful Voice. 
I need not go abroad for Joy, 
    Who have a Feast at Home; 
My Sighs are turned into Songs, 
    The Comforter is come.

2. 
Down from above the Blessed Dove 
    Is come into my Breast, 
To witness God's Eternal Love; 
    This is my Heavenly Feast. 
This makes me Abba Father cry, 
    With Confidence of Soul ; 
It makes me cry, My Lord, my God, 
    And that without Controul.

3. 
There is a Stream which issues forth 
    From God's Eternal Throne, 
And from the Lamb a living Stream, 
    Clear as the Crystal Stone. 
The Stream doth water Paradise, 
    It makes the Angels sing: 
One Cordial Drop revives my Heart, 
    Hence all my Joys do spring.
A living stream, as crystal clear 
John Keble (1792-1866) drew heavily on the words opposite in this hymn.  Julian's 1907 Dictionary of Hymnology erroneously gives Keble's first line rather than Mason's in its list of Mason's hymns.

A living stream, as crystal clear, 
    Welling from out the throne, 
Of God and of the Lamb on high, 
    The Lord to man hath shown.

This stream doth water Paradise, 
    It makes the angels sing: 
One precious drop within the heart 
    Is of all joy the spring.

Joy past all speech, of glory full, 
    But stored where none may know, 
As manna hid in dewy heaven, 
    As pearls in ocean low.

Eye hath not seen, nor ear hath heard, 
    Nor to man’s heart hath come 
What for those loving Thee in truth 
    Thou hast in love’s own home.

But by His Spirit He to us 
    The secret doth reveal: 
Faith sees and hears: but O for wings 
    That we might taste, and feel;

Wings like a dove to waft us on 
    High o’er the flood of sin! 
Lord of the Ark, put forth Thine hand, 
    And take Thy wanderers in.

O praise the Father, praise the Son, 
    The Lamb for sinners given, 
And Holy Ghost, through Whom alone 
    Our hearts are raised to Heav’n.

the 1859 edition of his Songs of Praise. 
4. 
Such Joys as are unspeakable, 
    And full of Glory too; 
Such hidden Manna, hidden Pearls, 
    As Worldlings do not know. 
Eye hath not seen, nor Ear hath heard, 
    From Fancy 'tis conceal'd, 
What thou, Lord, hast laid up for thine, 
    And hast to me reveal'd.

5. 
I see thy Face, I hear thy Voice, 
    I taste thy sweetest Love; 
My Soul doth leap: But, O for Wings, 
    The Wings of Noah's Dove! 
Then should I flee far hence away, 
    Leaving this World of Sin: 
Then should my Lord put forth his Hand, 
    And kindly take me in.

6. 
Then should my Soul with Angels feast 
    On joys that always last: 
Blest be my God, the God of Joy, 
    Who gives me here a Taste.