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.
|First Line:||As with gladness men of old|
|Title:||As with Gladness Men of Old|
|Author:||William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898)|
|Meter:||77 77 77|
|Topic:||Epiphany (feast); Family; Christmas|