Latinised Hymns

Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown

Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown,
When thou caiuest 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 in lowly birth didst thou come to earth,
And in great humility: O come etc

The foxes found rest, and the bird had its nest
in the shade of the cedar tree;
But thy couch was the sod, O thou Son of God,
In the desert of Galilee: O come etc

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 etc

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:"
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus;
There is room in my heart for thee.

E.E.S. Elliott

Liquisti thronum et regium
apicem genitus mihi,
neque Bethlehem dedit habilem
locum isti natui:
cor quaere meum, O Iesu;
erit hic spatium tibi.

Etsi titulum sonuere tuum
celebrantes angeli;
haud genitus es procerum comes
sed ordinis infimi: cor etc

Sua vulpibus volucrique domus
sub termitibus cedri;
sed, Christe, mero cubuisti solo,
qui filius es Dei: cor etc

Tu nuntius is, Domine, tuis,
fiant ut liberi;
sed ludibrio cum spineo
impositus es Cruci: cor etc

Cum dent sonitum celebrentque tuum
triumphum angeli,
tua vox revocet "Spatium"-que "manet"
mihi dixerit "hic tibi:"
cor quaere meum, O Iesu;
erit hic spatium tibi.