150. As with Gladness Men of Old

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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,
Savior, to thy lowly bed,
there to bend the knee before
thee, 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 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.

Text Information
First Line: As with gladness men of old
Title: As with Gladness Men of Old
Author: William Chatterton Dix (1858 c.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7
Scripture: Exodus 25:17; Exodus 25:22; 2 Chronicles 29:30; Matthew 2:1-12; Ephesians 1:3-4
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: DIX
Composer: Conrad Kocher (1838)
Abr.: William Henry Monk (1861)
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7
Key: G Major or modal


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The first three stanzas here use an as/so structure to draw parallels between the coming of the Magi and the spiritual lives of the singers, summed up in the prayer of the fourth stanza. Even though this adapted German tune was named for him, the author did not care for it.


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