Guard Him, Joseph
Guard him, Joseph, as he slumbers, there behind the stable doors. Let no errant sound distress him, tread thou softly on the floor. Linger watchful round the manger; hush thy voice and still the beasts. For thou hast within thy keeping Christ, the infant Prince of Peace. Guard him, Joseph, through the darkness; watching o’er him till the dawn. Bid the shepherds enter meekly, stand in wonder, gaze in awe. Trim thy lamp and shield thy candle; see they burn all through the night, For thou hast within thy keeping Christ, the everlasting Light. Guard him, Joseph, from all danger; keep thy vigil nigh his bed, Let no harm nor grief befall him; stand thou in a father’s stead. When his mother’s arms be weary, hold him gently as thine own, For thou hast within thy keeping God’s own well-beloved Son.