As With Gladness Men Of Old
Words: William Chatterton Dix
Music: Not Stated
Source: A. H. Ward, ed., Hymns for the
Services of the Church and for Private Devotion (Bristol: H. W. Drake, ca.
1860), #124, pp. 120-121, for the Church of St. Raphael.
Note that the date of publication is derived from the date of the Preface: Advent, 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 will we rejoice, and bless
Our true Light and Righteousness.
2. As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed ;
There to bow the knee before
Him whom heaven and earth adore ;
So will we with willing feet
Ever seek the mercy-seat.
3. As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger rude and bare;
So will we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin's alloy,
All our purest treasures bring
Unto Christ, 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 Thy glory doth abide.
5. In the Heavenly Country bright
Need the no created light ;
Thou its Light, its Lamp, its Crown,
Thou its Sun which goes not down;
There for ever may we sing
Alleluias to our King. Amen.
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