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 your splendour see.
As with joyful steps they sped to that
lowly manger bed, there to bend the
knee before Christ whom heaven and
earth adore; so may we with hurried pace
run to seek your throne of grace.
As they offered gifts most rare at that
manger crude and bare; so may we this
holy day, drawn to you without delay,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to you, our heavenly King.