Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine

The music, words and lyrics of the old Christmas carol 'Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine' date back to the fourteenth century and the writer is unknown.

The carol is German and it can be traced as having been performed in the 16th Century mystery plays in Leipzig.

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Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine
Christmas Carol 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."
Chorus

Peace to all that have goodwill!
God, who heaven and earth doth fill,
Comes to turn us away from ill,
And lies so still
Within the crib of Mary.
Chorus

All shall come and bow the knee,
Wise and happy their souls shall be.
Loving such a divinity
As all may see
In Jesus, Son of Mary.
Chorus

Now is born Emmanual,
Prophesied once by Ezekiel,
Promised Mary by Gabriel,
Ah, who can tell
Thy praises, Son of Mary.
Chorus

Thou my lazy heart hast stirred,
Thou, the Fatherís eternal Word,
Greater than aught that ear has heard,
Thou tiny bird
Of love, thou Son of Mary.
Chorus

Sweet and lovely little one,
Thou princely, beautiful, Godís own Son,
Without thee all of us were undone;
Our love is Won
By thing, O Son of Mary.
Chorus

Little man, and God indeed,
Little and poor, thou art all we need;
We will follow where thou dost lead,
And we will heed
Our brother, born of Mary.
Chorus


Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine
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Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine

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