Taking Matthew 1: 1-11 as his theme for stanzas 1-3, William C. Dix likens the journey of the wise men who came to worship the Christ to our own Christian pilgrimage. The pattern of these stanzas is "as they … so may we." Stanzas 4 and 5 are a prayer that our journey on the "narrow way" may bring us finally to glory where Christ is the light (Rev. 21:23) and where we may perfectly sing his praise.
This text by William C. Dix, an insurance executive, was inspired by the Epiphany gospel of Matthew 1:1-11. He offers the pattern “as the wise men – so may we,” and ultimately invites us to finish our journey in the “glory where Christ is the light.”