Scripture Verse

Christ Jesus…being in very nature God…made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. Philippians 2:6–7


Words: Emi­ly E. El­li­ott, 1864. This hymn was first used at St. Mark’s Church, Brigh­ton, Eng­land, where El­li­ott’s fa­ther was rec­tor. In 1870, it was pub­lished in the Church Mis­sion­ary Ju­ve­nile In­struc­tor, which El­li­ott ed­it­ed.

Music: Mar­ga­ret Ti­mo­thy R. Mat­thews, 1876 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of El­li­ott (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Mat­thews,

Timothy R. Matthews (1826–1910)


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.

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 hea­vens 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.