How shall I sing that majesty

How shall I sing that majesty. John Mason* (c.1645-94). Written probably at Water Stratford, Buckinghamshire, and first published in Mason’s Spiritual Songs: or Songs of Praise to Almighty God, upon Several Occasions (1683), as ‘A General Song of Praise to Almighty God’, a hymn of twelve verses. Modern versions print only the first four verses, often with the second halves of the second and third verses transposed. Although not one of Mason’s versifications of Psalms, it seems to draw on Psalms 104 and 139: 1-18, recounting the Creator’s greatness and his creature’s insignificance. The first verse echoes the angelic choirs of Richard Baxter*’s ‘Ye holy angels bright’*, while the second,...

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