The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Joseph and Mary

For Christmas

Words: English Traditional
Compare: Now When Joseph And Mary, Sandys (1833)

Music: English Traditional

Meter: 76 76 76 76 or 76 76 D

Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847; reprinted Ashley: Michael Raven, 2007), pp. 45-46.

Now when Joseph and Mary
Were to Bethlehem bound,
They with travel were weary,
Yet no lodgings were found
In the city of David,
Though they sought o'er it all;
They, alas, could not have it,
But in an ox's stall.

Though the place was no braver,
But mean as might be,
Our Redeemer and Savior,
The great King of Glory;
The sweet babe of heaven.
Was born there we find,
Whose life once was given.
For the sins of mankind.

While the shepherds were feeding,
Their flocks in the field,
The birth of our Savior
Unto them was revealed;
Many angels assembled,
In their glory appear'd,
While the shepherds did tremble,
Being smitten with fear.

O, forbear to be fearful,
You have reason to sing:
Then rejoice and be cheerful,
We glad tidings do bring:
There is born in the city
Of David therefore,
Such a Savior of pity,
Whom we do adore.

He's the Prince of Salvation,
Then be not afraid;
And this salutation
To the shepherds they made:
He's no longer a stranger,
But in swaddling clothes
Is laid in a manger;
Then the shepherds arose.

Being resolved together,
They to Bethlehem go;
And when they came thither
And found it was so
They in duty adored him,
Coming where he was laid,
Straight they fell down before him,
This obedience, they paid.

Nay, the wisemen, whose prudence,
Had discovered the star,
Came to pay their obedience.
And they travell'd from far,
Bringing with them the choicest.
Their country did afford,
Of gold, myrrh, and spices
To present to the Lord.

Their example engages
All questions to be,
Ever since, in all ages,
Both generous and free.
Then rejoice and be merry
In a moderate way,
Never, never, be wary.
To honour this day.

It affords such a blessing.
Unto sinful mankind
Far beyond all expressing,
If the sequel you mind,
While on Earth, he was dwelling,
He was still doing good;
Nay his love more excelling,
He shed his own blood.

To redeem us and save us
From the guilt of our sin,
He therefore would have us
A new life to begin;
So, remember the season,
Be kind to the poor;
It's no more than reason
There are blessings in store.

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