Mason, John. The known facts of his life are scanty. He was the son of a Dissenting Minister, and the grandfather of John Mason, the author of A Treatise on Self-Knowledge. He was educated at Strixton School, Northants, and Clare Hall, Cambridge. After taking his M.A., he became Curate of Isham; and in 1668, Vicar of Stantonbury, Bucks. A little more than five years afterwards he was appointed Rector of Water-Stratford. Here he composed the volume containing The Songs of Praise, his paraphrase of The Song of Solomon, and the Poem on Dives and Lazarus, with which Shepherd's Penitential Cries was afterwards bound up. This volume passed through twenty editions. Besides the Songs of Praise, it contains six Penitential Cries by Mason, and it i… Go to person page >
Glory to God the Father be. J. Mason. [Praise for Joy in the Holy Ghost.] This cento as given in the Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865, No. 396, is compiled from J. Mason's Spiritual Songs; or, Songs of Praise, &c, 1683, and is thus composed:—- Stanzas i and v. from Song xv., stanza vi. Stanzas ii.-iv. from Song xxiv., stanzas i. ii. Although comparatively unknown, it is an effective "Song of Praise."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)