This hymn fit perfectly the sermon we had this past Sunday. Speaking to how Christ left heaven to come to earth as a regular person, except he wasn’t. He was the one the John the Baptist pointed the way to, the one to whom we are called to come to in repentance.
Written by Emily Elliot with music by Timothy R. Matthews. This hymn was first sung at St. Mark’s Church, in Brighton England where Elliot’s Father was rector.
In 1870, it was published in the Church Missionary Juvenile Instructor, which Elliott edited. (source)
This was a hymn written to help children understand advent and the Nativity. (source)
When Thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room
For Thy holy nativity.
There is room in my heart for Thee.
Proclaiming Thy royal degree;
But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth,
And in great humility.
In the shade of the forest tree;
But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,
In the deserts of Galilee.
That should set Thy people free;
But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
They bore Thee to Calvary.
At Thy coming to victory,
Let Thy voice call me home,
Saying Yet there is room,
There is room at My side for thee.
When Thou comest and callest for me.