Scripture Verse

Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, for what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20


Words: Orig­in­al­ly, a lul­la­by sung by the Vir­gin Ma­ry in 16th Cen­tu­ry mys­te­ry plays in Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny.

Music: Re­so­net in Lau­di­bus 14th Cen­tu­ry Ger­man ca­rol. Har­mo­ny by Ralph Vaugh­an Will­iams, 1906 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)


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!

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.