No Room In the Inn

A holy guest from heaven's gate

Author: James E. Hawes
Tune: DOHA
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 A holy guest from Heaven’s gate
One morn in days now olden,
Came down to earth in lowly state
Amid the starlight golden;
Angelic messengers of peace
Sang praise and welcome holy
Unto the Prince who brought release
To mighty and to lowly.

No room for Jesus in the inn,
The King of earth and Heaven;
Today He knocketh at thy heart,
What answer shall be given?

2 Yet while He came with blessing sweet,
With love and mercy’s story,
No kingly courtiers thought it meet
To show Him earthly glory;
No room was found within the inn,
No welcome for this stranger;
The Christ, who suffered for our sin,
Was cradled in a manger. [Refrain]

3 The message of this Holy One
Still through the world is ringing;
From eastern land to setting sun
The earth His praise is singing;
Oh, troubled heart, this message hear,
Oh, list the wondrous story;
The Babe, once born in Bethlehem,
Is now the King of glory. [Refrain]

4 Come, lay thy burdens at His feet,
Come, trust Him in thy sorrow;
Come, while the Master bids thee come,
Delay not till the tomorrow;
Within thy heart, oh, give Him room,
Prepare for His abiding;
Sweet peace and comfort thou shalt know
In Christ while safely hiding. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10307

Author: James E. Hawes

James Edward Hawes was born in Vermillion County, IL, near Danville, on Aug. 18, 1862. While growing up, he was nicknamed “the preacher” because of his exceptional moral life. Evidently he became a well-known song leader among churches of Christ and Christian Churches in the latter part of the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century, as well as a preacher. Hawes formed an evangelistic team about 1885, after the example of Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey, with Jacob V. Updike (1850-1907). They met with great success before disbanding to become located ministers. According to The Christian Evangelist of Dec. 16, 1901, Hawes was located as minister with the Church of Christ in Greenwich, OH. Also, Hawes edited a hymnbook… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A holy guest from heaven's gate
Title: No Room In the Inn
Author: James E. Hawes
Language: English
Refrain First Line: No room for Jesus in the inn
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #10307
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