1. Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown, When Thou camest to earth for me; But in Bethlehem's home was there found no room For Thy holy nativity. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus There is room in my heart for Thee! 2. Heaven's arches rang when the angels sang, Proclaiming Thy royal degree; But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth, And in great humility. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus There is room in my heart for Thee! 3. The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest In the shade of the forest tree; But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God, In the deserts of Galilee. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus There is room in my heart for Thee! 4. Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word That should set Thy people free; But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn, They bore Thee to Calvary. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus There is room in my heart for Thee! 5. When the heav'ns shall ring and the angels sing At Thy coming to victory, Let Thy voice call me home, saying "Yet there is room, There is room at My side for thee." My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, When Thou comest and callest for me!
Lyrics: Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott
Music: Timothy Richard Matthews
Meter: Irregular meter
Emily E. S. Elliott, 1836–1897
This hymn was written by Emily Elliott to teach children the truths of the advent and nativity seasons. Emily’s life was filled with benevolent activities in rescue missions and in the work of the Sunday school movement of that time. She wrote this text for the children of her father’s church, St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Brighton, England.