Joseph, dearest Joseph mine (Traditional)
- Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 51 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
Title: Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Original text and translations
"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 Christmas time
At Christmas time in Bethlehem
Men shall bring him from far and wide,
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,
As all may see In Jesus, Son of Mary. 
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.
Now is born Emmanual,
Prophesied once by Ezekiel,
Promised Mary by Gabriel, Ah, who can tell
Thy praises, Son of Mary.
Thou my lazy heart hast stirred,
Thou, The Father's eternal Word,
Greater than aught that ear hath heard,
Thou tiny bird of love, Thou Son of Mary.
Sweet and lovely little one,
Thou princely, beautiful, God's own Son,
Without Thee all of us were undone;
Our love is won by Thine, O Son of Mary.
Little man, and God indeed,
Little and poor, Thou art all we need;
We will follow where Thou dost lead,
And we will head our brother, born of Mary.
Original text and translations may be found at Joseph, lieber Joseph mein.