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241. Thou Dost Reign on High

1 Thou dost reign on high with a kingly crown,
yet thou camest to earth for me,
and 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.

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:
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
there is room in my heart for thee.

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:
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
there is room in my heart for thee.

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:
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
thy cross is my only plea.

5 When heav'n's arches shall ring,
and her choirs shall 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."
And my heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
when thou comest and callest for me.

Text Information
First Line: Thou dost reign on high with a kingly crown
Title: Thou Dost Reign on High
Author: Emily E.S. Elliott (1864; alt.; Alt. 1961)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: Irreg.
Scripture: Matthew 8:20; 2 Corinthians 8:9
Topic: Christ: Birth of; Jesus Christ: His Life, Ministry, and Obedience; Christ: Second Coming and Judgment of (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: T. Richard Matthews (1876)
Meter: Irreg.
Key: D Major

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