Joseph Dearest Joseph Mine

This hymn text was translated from the German "Joseph Lieber Joseph Mein" to English by Neville Stuart Talbot (1879-1943). It was originally a lullaby sung by Mary in 16th Century mystery plays.

With meter 7.8.8.4.7 with refrain, it is set to the tune RESONET IN LAUDIBUS - a 14th century German carol, for which the composer is unknown.


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Lyrics:

Joseph dearest, Joseph mine,
Help me cradle the child divine;
God reward thee and all that’s thine
In paradise, so prays the mother Mary.

Chorus:
He came among us at Christmastide,
At Christmastide, in Bethlehem;
Men shall bring Him from far and wide
Love’s diadem: Jesus, Jesus,
Lo, He comes, and loves, and saves, and frees us!

Gladly, dear one, lady mine,
Help I cradle this child of thine;
God’s own light on us both shall shine
In paradise, as prays the mother Mary.

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