~* THOU DIDST LEAVE THY THRONE *~
Emily E. S. Elliott, 1836-1897

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10b

This spiritually enriching text differs from the usual Christmas songs since it focuses not only on Jesus' birth but also on His life on earth, His suffering and death, and the ultimate triumph of His resurrection, ascension, and imminent return!

This hymn was written by Emily Elliott to teach children the truths of the nativity season. Emily's life was filled with benevolent activities in rescue missions and in the work of the Sunday School movement of that time. Although she wrote this text for the children of her father's church, St. Mark's Anglican Church in Brighton, England, the easily understood wording, the poetic imagery, and the spiritual truths found in these excellent lines soon made the hymn a widespread favorite everywhere.

The clear message of each verse is accentuated by the use of contrasting sentences, each beginning with the word "but". Then in the fifth stanza, the contrast is reversed with the rejoicing at Christ's return and the prospects of being at His side throughout eternity. The refrain after each verse effectively personalizes the truth presented. This fine hymn has proven to be an inspiration not only to children but to adults as well, during the Christmas season and also throughout the entire year.


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.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

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.

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.

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!



*For Today*: Matthew 1:18-25; II Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:5-11

The Christmas story must become very personal in our lives. Sing with the author of this hymn text as she prays: O come to my heart, Lord Jesus--there is room in my heart for Thee!

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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