273. 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 glorious 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 Heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.

3. As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.

4. Holy Jesus, every 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 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 C. Dix (1860)
Meter: 77.77.77
Language: English
Source: Hymns of Love and Joy
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: William C. Dix wrote this hymn on the day of the Epiphany, while sick in bed.
Tune Information
Name: DIX
Composer: Conrad Kocher (1838)
Meter: 77.77.77
Incipit: 17121 44367 16555
Key: G Major
Source: Stimmen aus dem Reiche Gottes, 1838
Copyright: Public Domain



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