|Composer:||C. G. Gläser (1828)|
|Incipit:||51122 32123 34325|
|Key:||A♭ Major/G Major|
O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!
Lowell Mason (PHH 96) adapted AZMON from a melody composed by Carl G. Gläser in 1828. Mason published a duple-meter version in his Modern Psalmist (1839) but changed it to triple meter in his later publications. Mason used (often obscure) biblical names for his tune titles; Azmon, a city south of Canaan, appears in Numbers 34:4-5.
AZMON is the preferred tune for this text in the United States. The British often use RlCHMOND (335), which offers a descant, or LYNGHAM (404), a fuguing tune. Either of these would make fine alternate tunes.
This great hymn of praise and rejoicing calls for exuberant singing and strong, full accompaniment. Assign some stanzas to antiphonal groups singing in harmony; reserve the final stanza for unison with descant.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook