"As with Gladness Men of Old"
                 by William C. Dix, 1837-1898
                                 Text From:
                      THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
        (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        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 by Thee!

        2. As with joyful steps they sped,
        Savior, to Thy lowly bed,
        There to bend the knee before
        Thee whom heaven and earth adore,
        So may we with willing feet
        Ever seek Thy mercy-seat!

        3. 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!

        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!

Notes: Hymn #127 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Matt. 2:1-11 Author: William C. Dix, 1860 Composer: Konrad Kocher, 1838 Tune: "Dix"
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