174. 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 gracious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.

2 As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger 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 that 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 C. Dix (1860)
Publication Date: 1955
Meter: 7. 7. 7. 7. 7. 7.
Topic: Christ: Epiphany; Commitment; Jesus Christ: His Epiphany
Tune Information
Name: DIX
Composer (chorale): Conrad Kocher (1838)
Meter: 7. 7. 7. 7. 7. 7.
Key: A♭ Major
Notes: Abridged from chorale by Conrad Kocher, 1838. For lower key, see Hymn 2.

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