Yet There Is Room

"Yet there is room," the Lamb's bright hall of song

Author: Horatius Bonar (1879)
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1 "Yet there is room:" the Lamb's bright hall of song,
With its fair glory, beckons thee along:
Room, room, still room! O enter, enter now.

2 Day is declining, and the sun is low;
The shadows lengthen, light makes haste to go:
Room, room, still room! O enter, enter now.

3 The bridal hall is filling for the feast;
Pass in, pass in, and be the Bridegroom's guest:
Room, room, still room! O enter, enter now.

4 It fills, it fills, that hall of jubilee!
Make haste, make haste, 'tis not too full for thee:
Room, room, still room! O enter, enter now.

5 Yet there is room: still open stands the gate,
The gate of love; it is not yet too late:
Room, room, still room! O enter, enter now.

6 O enter in; that banquet is for thee;
That cup of everlasting joy is free:
Room, room, still room! O enter, enter now.

7 All heaven is there, all joy! Go in, go in;
The angels beckon thee the prize to win:
Room, room, still room! O enter, enter now.

8 Louder and sweeter sounds the loving call;
Come, lingerer, come; enter that festal hall:
Room, room, still room! O enter, enter now.

9 Ere night that gate may close, and seal thy doom;
Then the last low, long cry, "No room, no room!"
No room, no room! O woeful cry, "No room!"


The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

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First Line: "Yet there is room," the Lamb's bright hall of song
Title: Yet There Is Room
Author: Horatius Bonar (1879)
Meter: 10.10.10
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Yet there is room! The Lamb's bright hall of song. H. Bonar. [Parable of the Marriage Supper.] This most appropriate hymn for Home Missions appeared in 1873. It has been somewhat widely adopted, and is given in the collections of Snepp, Sankey, Thring, and others, and is worthy of this attention.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Yet there is room, p. 1299, i. The Rev. H. N. Bonar in his Hymns by Horatius Bonar, Selected and Arranged by his son, H. N. Bonar, says, p. xxv.:—

"About that time [1877] hymns again begin to appear in the note-books [of Dr. Bonar], several being specially written for Mr. Sankey, the American evangelist. The story of one hymn which has become generally known may be of interest. Mr. Sankey wished to use as a solo Tennyson's sad and beautiful poem from "Guinever": "Late, late, so late, and dark the night and chill." He composed a tune for it, but copyright difficulties arose and hindered his including the words in his hymn book. So being left with a tune without words, he asked my father to write a hymn to it, keeping, if possible, to the same Scriptural theme. This was done, and "Yet there is room," was the result (p. xxv.); "Rejoice and be glad" (p. 955, i.); and "Watch, brethren, watch," were also written about the time."

This hymn is said on p. 162, i. 82, to have been published in Dr. Bonar's Song of the New Creation, 1874. This is an error. It appeared in his Hymns of the Nativity, 1879. In a copy of Mr. Sankey's Sacred Songs, &c, of thirty-one hymns, received at the British Museum, May 7, 1874, this hymn is the last.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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