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 >
My Lord, my Love was crucified. J. Mason. [Sunday.] Appeared in his Spiritual Songs, or Songs of Praise, &c, 1683, No. 19, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and 1 stanza of 4 lines, and entitled "A Song of Praise for the Lord's Day." It is also in Sedgwick's reprint of Mason's Spiritual Songs, 1859, p. 30. It is in use in three forms: (1) The original abbreviated; (2) "My Lord, my Life, was crucified;" and (3) "Come, dearest Lord, and feed Thy sheep." The altered forms are principally in use in America.
The opening line of this hymn is well known in Church history and song. St. Ignatius used it in the first century: it was common throughout the middle ages, and the prefatory plate to Luke Boileau's Reformed Monastery, 1677, has the motto “Amor meus crucifixus est." The refrain to each stanza of C. Wesley's “O Love divine, what hast Thou done?" is "My Lord, my Love is crucified:" to each stanza of Faber's "O come and mourn with me awhile, it is "Jesus, our Love, is crucified"; and in Hymns Ancient & Modern, and most modern collections which have copied Faber's “O come and mourn with me awhile, it is "Jesus, our Lord, is crucified." It is a beautiful thought, and full of spiritual meaning. Its tenderness is not intensified by the change of "our Love" to "our Lord." [William T. Brooke]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness."
Like many of Dykes's…