Dear Husband Of Mary! Dear Nurse Of Her Child!

This is the full, original text from an 1852 edition of Fr. Faber’s hymnal Jesus and Mary. It is listed for The Patronage of St. Joseph in that hymnal:

Dear Husband of Mary! dear Nurse of her Child!
Life’s ways are full weary, the desert is wild;
Bleak sands are all round us, no home can we see;
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! we lean upon thee.

For thou to the pilgrim art Father and Guide,
And Jesus and Mary felt safe by thy side ;
Ah ! blessed Saint Joseph! how safe should I be,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! if thou wert with me!

O blessed Saint Joseph! how great was thy worth,
The one chosen shadow of God upon earth,
The Father of Jesus—ah! then wilt thou be,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! a father to me?

Thou hast not forgotten the long dreary road,
When Mary took turns with thee, bearing thy God;
Yet light was that burden, none lighter could be:
Sweet Spouse of our Lady ! O canst thou bear me?

A cold thankless heart and a mean love of ease,
What weights, blessed Patron! more galling than these?
My life, my past life, thy clear vision may see;
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! O canst thou love me?

Ah! give me thy Burden to bear for a while;
Let me kiss His warm lips, and adore His sweet smile;
With her Babe in my arms, surely Mary will be,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! my pleader with thee!

When the treasures of God were unsheltered on earth,
Safe keeping was found for them both in thy worth;
O Father of Jesus! be father to me,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! and I will love thee.

God chose thee for Jesus and Mary—wilt thou
Forgive a poor exile for choosing thee now ?
There is no Saint in Heaven I worship like thee,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! O deign to love me!

Words: Fr. Frederick W. Faber, C.O., 1849.
Tune: “Caernarfon” Alaw Eglwysig.
Tune (St. Basil’s Hymnal): Unnamed Tune.
Words: 11.11.11.11

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in the 10th edition (1906.) of the St. Basil’s Hymnal (1889) where it is listed under “St. Joseph”:

Dear Guardian of Mary! dear nurse of her child!
Life’s ways are full weary, the desert is wild;
Bleak sands are all round us, no home can we see;
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! we lean upon thee.

For thou to the pilgrim art father and guide,
And Jesus and Mary felt safe by thy side;
Ah! blessed Saint Joseph, how safe should I be,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! if thou wert with me.

O blessed Saint Joseph! how great was thy worth,
The one chosen shadow of God upon earth;
The Father of Jesus—ah! then wilt thou be,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! a father to me.

When the treasures of God were unsheltered on earth,
Safe keeping was found for them both in thy worth,
O Father of Jesus! be father to me,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! and I will love thee.

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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