Scripture Verse

Yet there is room. Luke 14:22


Words: Charles H. El­li­ott, in Songs of Joy and Glad­ness, by John Swe­ney, Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick et al. (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Mc­Don­ald, Gill & Com­pa­ny, 1885), num­ber 255.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of El­li­ott (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


Room for the world at the cross of the Sav­ior,
Room where for­giv­eness He waits to be­stow;
Room where so ma­ny have laid down their bur­dens,
Room at the wa­ters of cleans­ing that flow.


Say, will you come? The Spir­it now is plead­ing;
Jesus above for you is in­ter­ced­ing:
Why will you still, His ten­der love un­heed­ing,
Perish for­ev­er in sight of the cross?

Room for the world in the fold of the Sav­ior,
Room at the feast by His mer­cy pre­pared;
Come, ye that hun­ger, His boun­ty re­ceiv­ing,
Feed on the bless­ings that mill­ions have shared.


Room for the world in the ark of the Sav­ior,
Yonder the tem­pest is sweep­ing apace;
No one but Je­sus can shield and de­fend you,
Haste to the shel­ter and re­fuge of grace.


Room for the world in the arms of the Sav­ior,
Room for the friend­less, the lone and op­pressed;
There will He com­fort the poor and for­sak­en,
There to the wea­ry He giv­eth sweet rest.