Hail, Holy Joseph, Hail!

Hail, holy Joseph, hail!
Chaste spouse of Mary, hail!
Pure as the lily flower
In Eden’s peaceful vale.

Hail, holy Joseph, hail!
Prince of the house of God!
May his best graces be
By thy sweet hands bestow’d.

Hail, holy Joseph, hail!
Belov’d of angels, hail!
Cheer thou the hearts that faint,
And guide the steps that fail.

Hail, holy Joseph, hail!
God’s choice wert thou alone;
To thee the Word made flesh
Was subject as a Son.

O Christ’s dear Mother, bless;
And bless, ye Saints on high,
All meek and simple souls
That to Saint Joseph cry.

Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).

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