Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Joseph, Lauds

Saint Joseph, the saint whom we worship and praise,
Of whom the great triumphs and merits we sing,
Deserved that to him, of salvation, this day,
The gladness should bring.

Surpassingly happy, surpassingly blessed,
Whose deathbed watched over, with tenderest care,
The Christ and the Virgin together, with looks
All gracious and fair!

Thus hell he o’ercomes, and at length, being freed
From bonds of the flesh, sinks in gentle repose,
And, flying to Paradise, puts on his crown
Of lily and rose.

Then, there as he reigns, let us all of us pray,
That he may assist us our pardon to gain,
That so by his prayers, we of Heavenly peace
The gifts may obtain.

Applause, then, and honours be paid unto Thee,
O God, Holy Trinity, reigning above,
Who to give golden crowns to Thy servants so true
For ever dost love. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England