St Joseph was a Quiet Man

This is a hymn about St Joseph, which focuses on him as a carpenter and as Jesus' earthly father-figure.

This hymn was written by David Riley (b 1923), and published in the Summit Choirbook, published by the The Dominican Nuns Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, New Jersey, USA in 1983, and now out-of-print.

With meter 86 86 86 86, tunes it has been set to include:
  • FOREST GREEN
  • KINGSFOLD      

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Examples

Singer with piano - teaching video, tune KINGSFOLD:


Singer with organ:


Instrumental - violin, tune KINGSFOLD:


Instrumental - organ, FOREST GREEN:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
Saint Joseph was a quiet man who made things out of wood;
He worked with love to guide his hand, and what he made was good.
He lived with God, a little boy, from whom all thing have come;
He worked for him, in peace and joy, who made the stars and sun.

A carpenter to guard the Son who set the stars so high,
A carpenter made chairs for one who made the earth and sky.
He lived with God, a little boy, from whom all thing have come;
He worked for him, in peace and joy, who made the stars and sun.

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KEEP IN CASE ORIGINAL IS REMOVED, BUT DO NOT DISPLAY Saint Joseph was a quiet man who made things out of wood;
He worked with love to guide his hand, and what he made was good.
He lived with God, a little boy, from whom all thing have come;
He worked for him, in peace and joy, who made the stars and sun.

A carpenter to guard the Son who set the stars so high,
A carpenter made chairs for one who made the earth and sky.
He lived with God, a little boy, from whom all thing have come;
He worked for him, in peace and joy, who made the stars and sun.

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