Scripture Verse

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


R. Kelso Carter (1849–1928)

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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


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.


Arrival at Bethlehem
Luc-Olivier Merson (1846–1920)