A man, a Jew, named Joseph

A man, a Jew, named Joseph    (Tune: Sheltered Dale)

A man, a Jew, named Joseph
was born of David’s line.
He kept the law and knew his God,
was righteous for his time.
He kept the law and knew his God,
was righteous for his time.

A man, a Jew, named Joseph,
his strength was sorely tried.
The girl to whom he’d pledged himself
was found to be with child.
The girl to whom he’d pledged himself
was found to be with child.

A man, a Jew, named Joseph,           
to whom God spoke at night;
He listened hard, and then obeyed,
was keen to do the right.
He listened hard, and then obeyed,
was keen to do the right.

A man, a Jew, named Joseph,
to Bethl’hem he went down,
with Mary, though her time was near,
to register in town.
with Mary, though her time was near,
to register in town.

A man, a Jew, named Joseph,
once helped his wife give birth.
Away from home, without a bed,
but seeking peace on earth.
Away from home, without a bed,
but seeking peace on earth.

A man, a Jew, named Joseph,
who helped bring up God’s Son.
He loved and cared for Jesus Christ
and so God’s will was done.
He loved and cared for Jesus Christ
and so God’s will was done.

© Jacqui Horton 2013