Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Joseph, Matins

O Pride of the Blessed, support of the world,
Thou, Joseph, sweet hope to thy clients dost bring,
Accept then with kindness the praises, which we
Now joyfully sing.

True Spouse of the Virgin to be, of the Word
The Sire to be called, the Creator to thee
Hath given, while to us He hath made thee a help
To salvation to be.

The Saviour of men, as He lay in the crib,
Whom Prophets predicted long ages before,
Thou seest with joy, and thy God, newly born,
Dost humbly adore.

The King of all kings, Supreme Lord of the world,
To whom Heaven’s armies are bending the knee,
At whom all the troops of hell tremble, Himself
Makes subject to thee.

All praise to the glorious Trinity be,
Celestial honours to thee may He give,
And grant us through thee, in Eternity’s joys,
For ever to live. Amen.

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