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As With Gladness, Men of Old

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As With Gladness, Men Of Old

words by William C. Dix, 1860

  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 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.

  5. 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!