The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

Words: "That the King of Glory may come in, Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott (1836-1897), 1864.
 See: Christmas-tide Poetry by Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott
This hymn was first used at St. Mark's Church in Brighton, England, where Elliott's father was rector.
Emily Elliott wrote over 140 hymns in her lifetime.

Music: "Margaret," Timothy Richard Matthews, 1876
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1. 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
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

2. 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. Refrain

3. 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. Refrain

4. 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. Refrain

5. 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.

An alternative fifth verse:

5. When heaven's arches shall ring, and her choirs shall sing
At Thy coming to victory,
Let they voice call me home, saying, 'Yet there is room-
There is room at My side for thee!'
    And my heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
    When Thou camest and callest for me.

Sheet Music from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), #627

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Sheet Music from Mary Palmer and John Farmer, eds., Church Sunday School Hymn-Book (London: Church of England Sunday-School Institute, 1892), #322 (from Sacred Songs and Solos).

Sheet Music "Margaret" by Timothy R. Matthews, 1876, from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #52, p. 88.

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