As with Gladness

    “As with Gladness,” New Era, Dec. 1996, 11

    In Tune:

    As with Gladness

    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 God, may we

    Ever more be led by 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,

    Contrite hearts as gifts to 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 we need no star to guide,

    Where no cloud thy glory hides.

    5. In the heav’nly 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.

    Matt. 2:1–11; Luke 2:7–20

    Tune name: WOOD

    Copyright © 1996 by Dan Carter. All rights reserved. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial home and church use. This notice must be included on each copy made.

    Music, As with Gladness

    Illustrated by Bruce Martin