Emily Elliott 1836-1879
This hymn was written to teach children the nativity story. The first verse tells how Jesus left His throne and came to earth and was not welcome. The next three tell of his humble life on earth and His death on the cross. The final verse and chorus is about how we will rejoice when He comes and calls us where “There is room at My side for Thee”.
It is wonderful when we can hear a Christmas song and realize the story was not finished when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
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.
- Refrain 1-4: O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When the heav’ns shall ring, and her choirs shall 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.”
- Refrain 5: My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, When Thou comest and callest for me.