1 As with gladness men of old
did the guiding star behold;
as with joy they hailed its light,
leading onwards, beaming bright;
so, most gracious Lord, may we
evermore be led to thee.
2 As with joyful steps they sped,
Saviour, to thy lowly 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 thy homely cradle 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 lives 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 for ever may we sing
alleluias to our King.
|First Line:||As with gladness men of old|
|Author:||William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898)|
|Topic:||Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Christmas and Epiphany|
|Composer:||Conrad Kocher (1786-1872)|
|Arranger:||William Henry Monk (1823-1889)|
|Key:||G Major or modal|