Come hither child is written in the persona of an unnamed fictional character from Emily's Gaaldine juvenilia. It is written in the first person, recalling a time in their childhood when they felt isolated and lonely in 'Ula's halls'. Thus the main theme of this poem is loneliness (with the line 'I stole away from crowds and light' reflective of the Brontës' own isolation from and seeming awkwardness within society of their era). There is also a strong religious them to the poem with lines such as 'Heaven only heaven saw me bend' portraying the support the Brontës felt they got from their faith.
The structure of the poem is conventionally Victorian in its rigidity. The poem seldom digresses from four-line stanzas with an ABAB rhyming pattern and the use of iambic tetrameter. This conforms to the fictitious nature of the poem, since the Brontës seemed more adventurous in their later poetry in which they tended to explore their own emotions more deeply.
However, the poem does involve a time shift, with the protagonist recalling their childhood to an unnamed second person only described as a 'child' who seems to have some musical talent and can play the tune which stimulated the protagonist's memory.
Other techniques used by the poet include alliteration, for example of 'w' in 'waken', 'woe' and 'weep' to create a sorrowful atmosphere. There is also a heavy emphasis on sensory vocabulary, particularly sound with phrases such as 'I hear it yet' and 'still the tone'. There are also religious references throughout, including a reference to the angel Gabriel.