As with gladness men of old


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.

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 the mercy seat.

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 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 for ever may we sing
alleluias to our King.


Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898), 1860

MIDI: Dix (Conrad Kocher, 1786-1872, arranged William Henry Monk, 1823-1889)

Meter: 77 77 77

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 064 Dix  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 061 Anglican Hymn Book 61 (Irons)  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869 062 Theurster Immanuel  
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 045 Dix  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 045 Dix  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 045 Dix  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 045 Dix  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 094 Heathlands  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 100 Dix  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 079 Dix  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 130    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 106 Dix  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 065 Dix  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 065 Dix  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 065 Dix  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 065 Dix  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 065 Dix  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 065 Dix  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 109 Dix  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 084 Dix  
The English Hymnal, 1906 039 Dix  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 094 Dix  
The Hymnal 1916 094 Dix  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 138 Dix  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 100 Dix  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
069 Dix  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 076 Dix  
Songs of Praise, 1925 057 Dix  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 083 Dix  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 097 Dix  
The Hymnal 1940 052 Dix  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 079 Dix  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 177 Dix  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 077 Dix  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 126 Dix  
The Hymn Book 1971 435 Dix  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 239 Dix  
The Hymnal 1982 119 Dix  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 051 Dix  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 047 Dix  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 099 Dix  
Church Family Worship, 1988 104 Dix  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 041 Dix  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 160 Dix  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 314 Dix  
Sing Glory, 1999 343 Dix  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 039 Dix  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 083 Dix  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 049 Dix  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 189 Dix  

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