Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Joseph, Vespers

May the hosts of the Blessed thy glory exalt,
And all Christians, O Joseph, to praise thee delight,
Since, for merits renowned, an alliance all pure,
Did thee to the glorious Virgin unite.

When thy Spouse, thou dost see, is about to bring forth
The rich Fruit of her womb, thou art doubtful and grieved,
But an Angel from Heaven proclaims that in her,
By the Holy Ghost’s Power, the Child was conceived.

Thou dost clasp thy dear Lord, at His birth, to thy breast,
And with Him in His exile to Egypt dost go,
At Jerusalem lost, thou dost seek Him, and find,
Thus thy joys interchanging with weeping and woe.

After death, other men a good death doth exalt,
And, when palms they have merited, honours await,
Thou in life, like the Blessed, thy God dost enjoy,
Far more blessed than they, by a wonderful fate.

O Thou, Sovereign Trinity, spare us who pray,
And vouchsafe, by the merits of Joseph, to bring
Thy poor clients to Heaven, that there, ever more,
A sweet canticle, pleasing to Thee, we may sing. Amen

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