3398. Joseph Dearest

1. 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.

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!

2. 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. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Joseph dearest, Joseph mine
Title: Joseph Dearest
Refrain First Line: He came among us at Christmastide
Meter: 77.88 refrain
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Originally sung as a lullaby by the Virgin Mary in 16th Century "mystery" plays in Leipzig, Germany.
Tune Information
Composer: Anonymous (14th century)
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaugh­an Will­iams (1906)
Meter: 77.88 refrain
Key: E♭ Major
Source: 14th Cen­tury Ger­man car­ol
Copyright: Public Domain

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