Song of the Crib

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.

Gladly, dear one, lady mine,
help I cradle this child of thine;
God’s own light on us both shall shine
in paradise, so prays the mother Mary.

Refrain:
He came among us 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!

Peace to all that have good will!
God, who heaven and earth doth fill,
comes to turn us away from ill,
and lies so still within the crib 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. Refrain

–Words: from the 15th century German

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