49. As with gladness men of old

1 As with gladness men of old
did the guiding star behold,
as with joy they hailed its light,
leading onward, beaming bright;
so, most gracious Lord, may we
evermore be led to thee.

2 As with joyful steps they sped,
to that lowly manger-bed,
there to bend the knee before
him whom heav'n and earth adore,
so may we with willing feet
ever seek thy mercy-seat.

3 As their precious gifts they laid,
at thy manger roughly made,
so may we with holy joy,
pure, and free from sin's alloy,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee our heav'nly King.

4 Holy Jesu, ev'ry day
keep us in the narrow way;
and, when earthly things are past,
bring our ransomed souls at last
where they need no star to guide,
where no clouds thy glory hide.

5 In the heav'nly country bright
need they no created light,
thou its light, its joy, its crown,
thou its sun which goes not down;
there for ever may we sing
alleluias to our King.

Text Information
First Line: As with gladness men of old
Title: As with gladness men of old
Author: William Chatterton Dix, 1837-1898 (alt.)
Meter: 77 77 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Epiphany; Funerals; Years A, B, and C: Epiphany
Tune Information
Name: DIX
Composer: Conrad Kocher, 1786-1872
Adapter: William Henry Monk, 1823-1889
Meter: 77 77 77
Key: G Major



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