Ancient Christmas Carol: When Righteous Joseph Wedded Was


– 25 December 2015 –

Barzillai “19th Century” Bozarth:


When Righteous Joseph Wedded Was

When righteous Joseph wedded was
To Israel’s Hebrew maid,
The Angel Gabriel came from Heav’n,
And to the Virgin said :
Hail, blessed Mary, full of grace,
The Lord remain on thee ;
Thou shalt conceive and bear a Son,
Our Saviour for to be.

Then sing you all, both great and small,
Now well, now well, now well ;
We may rejoice to hear the voice
Of the Angel Gabriel.

Tis wondrous strange, said Mary then,
I should conceive and breed,
Being never touched by mortal man,
But pure in word and deed.
The Angel Gabriel thus reply’d,
‘Tis not the work of man,
But as the Lord in Heav’n decreed,
Before the world began.—Then sing, &c.

This Heavenly message she believ’d,
And did to Jury go ;
There three months with her friends to stay,
God’s blessed will to show;
And then return’d to Joseph back,
Her husband meek and mild,
Who thought it strange his wife should be
Untouch’d and yet with child.
Then sing, &c.

Then Joseph he to shun the shame,
Thought her for to forsake,
But then God’s Angel in a dream
His mind did undertake.
Fear not, just Joseph, this thy wife
Is still a spotless maid ;
And not consent of sin, said he,
Against her can be laid.
Then sing, &c.

For she is pure, both maid and wife,
And mother of God’s own heir ;
The babe of Heav’n and blessed lamb
Of Israel’s flock so fair.
To save lost man from Satan’s fold,
Which Adam lost by thrall,
When first in Eden Paradise
Did forfeit by the fall.
Then sing, &c.


Thus Mary and her husband kind
Together did remain.
Until the time of Jesus birth,
As Scriptures doth make plain.
As mother, wife, and virtuous maid,
Our Saviour sweet conceiv’d ;
And in due time to bring us him,
Of whom we were bereav’d.
Then sing, &c.

Sing praises all, both young and old,
To him that wrought such things ;
And all without the means of man,
Sent us the King of Kings ;
Who is of such a spirit bless’d,
That with his might did quell,
The world, the flesh, and by his death,
Did conquer death and hell.

Then sing you all, both great and small,
Now well, now well, now well ;
We may rejoice to hear the voice
Of the Angel Gabriel.

Gilbert, Davies, Some Ancient Christmas Carols with the Tunes to Which They were Formerly Sung in the West of England, 21-23. London: John Nichols and Son, 1822.

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  1. Cool. I like finding the old hymns and carols.



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