As with Gladness Men of Old

The words and lyrics of the Christmas Carol 'As with gladness men of old' were written by William C. Dix in 1867. William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898) was born in Bristol, England and was the son of a Doctor. His career was spent in Insurance but he had a life long passion for writing lyrics for hymns and carols.

As with Gladness Men of Old
Christmas Carol Lyrics

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 that manger rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sinís 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 Men of Old
Christmas Carol Lyrics

The music to the Christmas carol 'As with gladness men of old' was composed by the German musician Conrad Kocher (1786-1872). Kocher was well travelled and visited Russia and Italy. He established the School of Sacred Music at Stuttgart in 1821.

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