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Please help...can anyone tell me what American hymnal was the first to combine Lowell Mason's tune AZMON with Wesley's text, "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing"? Thanks!
That's a great question, and I don't think I've ever seen the answer; it's an answer that would be useful to me as well. AZMON was originally printed with a Watts text, "Come, let us lift our joyful eyes," a pairing that continued in Mason's books at least through 1860. My next instinct would be to check Methodist hymnals and work backward, or work forward from 1839.
1857 was a critical year for "Hark the herald" in that regard; perhaps the same might be true of "O for a thousand tongues."