Hymn:As With Gladness Men Of Old
Words:William Chatterton Dix (1837-98)
Music:Conrad Kocher (1786-1872)
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Verse 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 God, may we 
evermore be led to Thee. 
Verse 2
As with joyful steps they sped 
to that lowly cradle-bed, 
there to bend the knee before 
Him whom heav'n and earth adore; 
so may we with willing feet 
ever seek Thy mercy-seat. 
Verse 3
As they offered gifts most rare 
at that cradle 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 heav'nly King. 
Verse 4
Holy Jesus, ev'ry day 
keep us in the narrow way; 
and, when earthly things are past, 
bring our ransomed lives at last 
where they need no star to guide, 
where no clouds Thy glory hide. 
Verse 5
In that heav'nly country bright 
need they no created light; 
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown, 
Thou its Sun which goes not down; 
there for ever may we sing 
alleluias to our King. 
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