With meter CM (22.214.171.124), tunes it is set to include:
- RICHMOND - by Thomas Haweis and Samuel Webbe (the Younger) 1792
- DIADEMATA (Elvey)
- LONDON NEW, composer unknown 1635.
Hymn-books which it has been published in include:
- The Assumption Hymnal, 1964
- Our Parish Prays and Sings, 1959
- Hymns Old and New for the Irish Church, 1977
LyricsSaint Joseph, God has chosen you
To keep His Church from harm.
So hold the Church as once you held
The Christ-child on your arm.
Saint Joseph, God has given you
All workers for your own.
Teach them to do the best they can,
With steel and wood and stone.
Saint Joseph when you pray for us,
Pray to the Three in One;
But talk in human words with him,
Who let you call him Son.
A website-visitor reports singing the following verse whilst in Catholic school in the USA - it is not included in Hymns Old and New for the Catholic church:
St. Joseph when my death is near
Come bending by my side.
As Jesus and His Mother knelt to
Help you when you died.