Guard him, Joseph (Sally DeFord)

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Editor: Sally DeFord (submitted 2000-07-02).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Christmas, duet or solo version available

General Information

Title: Guard Him, Joseph
Composer: Sally DeFord

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

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Original text and translations

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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.

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

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.