Words: Originally sung as a lul­la­by by the Vir­gin Ma­ry in 16th Cen­tu­ry “mys­te­ry” plays in Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny.

Music: Resonet in Laudibus, 14th Cen­tury Ger­man car­ol; har­mo­ny by , 1906.

“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.


He came among us at Christmastide,
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!

“Gladly, dear one, lady mine,
Help I cradle this child of thine;
God’s own light on us both shall shine
In paradise, as prays the mother Mary.”