As with gladness men of old (Hark! the herald angels sing) (Felix Mendelssohn)

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Editor: M. Ryan Taylor (submitted 2008-11-09).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by M. Ryan Taylor. Arranged in an 18th century counterpoint style setting which weaves around the familiar carol tune. File recovered using the WayBackMachine of

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Title: As with gladness men of old (Hark! the herald angels sing)
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Piano or organ, with optional violin and cello parts

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Original text and translations

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As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward beaming bright;
As with joyful steps they sped
To the 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.

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 finest talents bring,
Christ, to Thee, our Savior King,
And, when earthly things are passed,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.