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FRIEND OF THE ANGELS

MATINS HYMN FOR THE FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH, Mar. 19
Caelitum Joseph, 17th c., Tr.R.A.Knox, d.1957 / H.Smart, d.1879

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FRIEND OF THE ANGELS


1 Friend of the angels, in paradise still,
Heavenly ornament, refuge from ill,
Joseph, the pillar and hope of our days,
Graciously hear us who sing to thy praise.
2 Chosen thou wert by the Maker's decree,
Spotless virginity's bridegroom to be;
Thee the Eternal His father would call,
Steward on each of His bounty to all.
3 Housed with the oxen, He lay in the cold,
Kings had but dreamed of it, prophets foretold,
Thou thy Redeemer, rejoicing, didst see;
Father and worshipper, bending the knee.
4 Monarch of monarchs, Whom worlds must obey;
Hell doth acknowledge him, bowed to His sway;
Heav'n in its courses His word doth fulfil;
He became subject on earth to thy will.


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