As with Gladness Men of Old

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"As with Gladness Men of Old" is a Christmas carol, written by William Chatterton Dix on 6 January 1859, while he was ill in bed. Considered by many as a Christmas carol, it is found in the Epiphany section of The Hymnal, published by Abingdon in 1941 and still used by many churches in the United Church of Christ. The hymn, as stated above, was written on Epiphany Day, January 6. It was first published in his own book, Hymns of Love and Joy, in 1867. The music was written by Konrad Kocher in 1838. The same melody is used in "For the Beauty of the Earth," a Christian hymn traditionally associated with Thanksgiving in North America; that song's lyricist, Folliott Sandford Pierpoint, wrote his lyrics five years after Dix had but published them immediately; thus, “As with Gladness Men of Old” did not appear until three years after “For the Beauty of the Earth.”


  • Emmett Studwell, William (1995). The Christmas Carol Reader. Haworth Press. p. 71. ISBN 1-56024-974-9.