The hymn Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne leapt from the pages of hymnbook I was leafing through so I thought I should share it with you.
Written by Emily E. Elliott. It was first used in 1864 at St. Mark’s Church in Brighton, England. Elliot’s father was the preacher there.
Elliott was the editor of “The Church Missionary Juvenile Instructor.” She wrote Thou Didst leave thy throme in 1870, but published it separately for children and choir of her Dad’s church. She later wrote several hymns many of which were published.
Elliot did a lot of work with rescue missions and children and wrote a book called “under the pillow” which contained several hymns.
Timothy Richard Matthews wrote a special tune for this song, called Margaret since it is written to irregular text.
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,
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.