Songs & Hymns

As with Gladness Men of Old

(General, Praise)
This traditional carol tells the story of the wise men visiting Jesus and calls us to follow their example in seeking Christ the King.  The hymn makes a link between the light of the star in the first verse and Christ the 'light of the World' shining like the sun in the last verse.

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As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onwards, beaming bright:
So, most gracious Lord, may we
Evermore your splendour see. 

As with joyful steps they sped,
Saviour, to your lowly bed,
There to bow the knee before
You whom heaven and earth adore:
So, with ever quickening pace
May we seek your throne of grace. 

As they offered gifts most rare
At your cradle plain and bare,
So may we with holy joy,
Pure, and free from sin's alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to you, 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 your glory hide. 

In the heavenly city bright
None shall need created light-
You, its light, its joy, its crown,
You its sun, which goes not down;
There forever may we sing
Alleluias to our King.

Words : W. C. Dix (1837-1898).

Words © in this version The Jubilate Group. This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. CCLI Song No. 2645056. Please quote 'Worship Workshop' and the Song No. in your annual CCLI report.

Music produced and mixed by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. Backing tracks arranged, performed and recorded by Nic Rowley, Jane Carr, James Welch and Katie Chatburn.  Recording engineer James Welch at Masterlink Productions. Organist Gillian Lloyd. Recorded on the organ of Guildford United Reformed Church by kind permission of the Elders.

Music recording by Nic Rowley of Vandborg 2011

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