160. 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 thy lowly manger-bed,
there to bend the knee before
thee, whom heaven and earth adore;
so may we with willing feet
ever seek the mercy-seat.

3 As they offered gifts most rare
at that manger rude and bare;
so may we with joyful song,
raising voices pure and strong,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee, our heavenly king.

4 In the heavenly country bright
need they no created light:
thou its light, its joy, its crown,
thou its sun which goes not down;
there forever 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: 1998
Topic: Epiphany (feast); Family; Christmas
Tune Information
Name: DIX
Composer: Konrad Kocher (1786-1872)
Meter: 77 77 77

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