Scripture Verse

There was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7


R. Kelso Carter

Words: A. L. Skil­ton, re­frain by R. Kel­so Car­ter, 1891. Gos­pel sing­er Ma­hal­ia Jack­son re­cord­ed this song on her 1955 al­bum Ma­hal­ia Sings Songs of Christ­mas.

Music: Car­ter E. Grace Up­de­graff (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Skil­ton’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Up­de­graff (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Arrival at Bethlehem
Luc-Olivier Merson


No beautiful chamber, no soft cradle bed,
No place but a manger, nowhere for His head;
No praises of gladness, no thought of their sin,
No glory but sadness, no room in the inn.


No room, no room, for Jesus,
O give Him welcome free,
Lest you should hear at Heaven’s gate,
There is no room for thee.

No sweet consecration, no seeking His part,
No humiliation, no place in the heart;
No thought of the Savior, no sorrow for sin,
No prayer for His favor, no room in the inn.


No one to receive Him, no welcome while here,
No balm to relieve Him, no staff but a spear;
No seeking His treasure, no weeping for sin,
No doing His pleasure, no room in the inn.