1. Guard Him, Joseph, as He slumbers

There behind the stable doors.

Let no errant sound distress Him;

Tread thou softly on the floor.

Linger watchful round the manger;

Hush thy voice and still the beasts,

For thou hast within thy keeping

Christ, the infant Prince of Peace.

2. Guard Him, Joseph, through the darkness,

Watching o’er Him till the dawn.

Bid the shepherds enter meekly,

Stand in wonder, gaze in awe.

Trim thy lamp and shield thy candle;

See they burn all through the night,

For thou hast within thy keeping

Christ, the everlasting Light.

3. Guard Him, Joseph, from all danger;

Keep thy vigil nigh His bed.

Let no harm nor grief befall Him;

Stand thou in a father’s stead.

When His mother’s arms be weary,

Hold Him gently as thine own,

For thou hast within thy keeping

God’s own well-beloved Son.

music, Guard Him, Joseph

Copyright © 1996 by Sally DeFord, all rights reserved. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial home and church use. This notice must be included on each copy made.