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As with gladness men of old


Conrad Kocher


William Chatterton Dix 1860

As with gladness was written by William Chatterton Dix on the day of the Epiphany while sick in bed. It was first published in his "Hymns of Love and Joy."


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.

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.

As they offered gifts most rare
   at thy 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 heavenly King.

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.

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!


As with gladness - (Dix) Kocher

Created 15-Sep-08

As with gladness - arranged by Sir David Willcocks

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