#96: As with Gladness Men of Old

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(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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 to Thee.

2

As with joyful steps they sped

To that lowly manger-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.

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 heav’nly King.

4

Holy Jesus, ev’ry 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.

 

 

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