“No Room at the Inn (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1833 (Sandys)
Keywords: religious Bible Jesus Christmas childbirth


"When Caesar Augustus had raised a taxation, He assessed all the people that dwelt in the nation." Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem, but cannot find a place at the inn. They eventually find a stable, where Jesus is born


I find it hard to believe that this is actually a traditional song; the wording is too ornate and contorted.

The details in this song are either fictional or derived from Luke 2; the birth narrative in Matthew plays no part. Of course, we should also note that the account in Luke 2 is incorrect; there is no record of this particular census, and even if there had been such a census (possible, given the available documentation, but unlikely), the Romans would not allow such a mess in a frontier province threatened with Parthian invasion. - RBW


  1. OBC 114, "No Room at the Inn" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 374, "No Room at the Inn" (1 text)
  3. BI, FSWB374A