374. 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 your splendor see.

2 As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed,
There to bend the knee before
Christ whom heav'n and earth adore;
So may we with hurried pace
Run to seek your throne of grace.

3 As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger crude and bare;
So may we this holy day,
Drawn to you without delay,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to you, our heav'nly King.

4 Christ Redeemer, with us stay,
Help us live your holy way;
And when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds your glory hide.

5 In the heav'nly city bright
None shall need created light;
You, its light, its joy, its crown,
You, 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 C. Dix, 1837-1898
Publication Date: 1994
Meter: 77 77 77
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
Topic: Seasons and Feasts: Epiphany; City of God
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: DIX
Composer: Conrad Kocher, 1786-1872
Arranger: William H. Monk, 1823-1889
Meter: 77 77 77
Key: G Major or modal



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