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 >
Where God doth dwell, sure heaven is there. J. Mason. Praise to, and Joy in God.] This cento in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, and Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874, is compiled from Mason's Spiritual Songs, or Songs of Praise, 1683, thus:—stanzas i., ii. from Song 23, st, v.; stanzas iii.-v. from Song 24, stanzas i. ii.; stanza v. from Song 27, stanza iv., 1 l. 5-8 rewritten. The result is a pleasing hymn of Praise and Joy.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)