Hymn:I Cannot Tell Why He, Whom Angels Worship
Tune:Londonderry Air
Words:William Young Fullerton (1857-1932)
Music:traditional Irish melody
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Verse 1
I cannot tell why He, whom angels worship, 
Should set His love upon the sons of men, 
Or why as Shepherd, He should seek the wanderers, 
To bring them back, they know not how or when. 
But this I know, that He was born of Mary, 
When Bethl'em's manger was His only home, 
And that He lived at Nazareth and labored, 
And so the Savior, Savior of the world is come. 
 
Verse 2
I cannot tell how silently He suffered, 
As with His peace He graced this place of tears, 
Or how His heart upon the Cross was broken, 
The crown of pain to three and thirty years. 
But this I know, He heals the brokenhearted, 
And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear, 
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden, 
For yet the Savior, Savior of the world, is here. 
 
Verse 3
I cannot tell how He will win the nations, 
How He will claim His earthly heritage, 
How satisfy the needs and aspirations 
Of east and west, of sinner and of sage. 
But this I know, all flesh shall see His glory, 
And He shall reap the harvest He has sown, 
And some glad day His sun shall shine in splendor 
When He the Savior, Savior of the world, is known. 
 
Verse 4
I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship, 
When, at His bidding, every storm is stilled, 
Or who can say how great the jubilation 
When all the hearts of men with love are filled. 
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture, 
And myriad, myriad human voices sing, 
And earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer: 
At last the Savior, Savior of the world, is King. 

Key:

Verse 1
G         C  Dm    Am       Em     F 
 I cannot tell why He, whom angels worship, 
               C/E   Dm  Em     Am      Dm/F   Dm7  G 
Should set His love    upon the sons of men, 
          C  Dm     Am        Em       F 
Or why as Shepherd, He should seek the wanderers, 
              C/G   F/A   Em/G     G      C  Dm/C   C 
To bring them back,  they know not how or when. 
    G      C          F      Cmaj7/G   Am7  Am7/G   F 
But this I know, that He was born  of  Ma___ry, 
                C/E    F       Cmaj7/G   Dm7/F   Em7  Dm7 
When Bethl'em's manger was His only      home, 
    G7      C  C7    Dm7          Em  C/E   Fmaj7 
And that He lived at Nazareth and la__bored, 
           Cmaj7/G        Dm7/G   G7       C 
And so the Savior, Savior of the  world is come. 
 
Verse 2
G         C  Dm    Am    Em    F 
 I cannot tell how silently He suffered, 
            C/E   Dm    Em          Am       Dm/F   Dm7  G 
As with His peace    He graced this place of tears, 
           C  Dm   Am     Em        F 
Or how His heart upon the Cross was broken, 
             C/G   F/A   Em/G      G      C  Dm/C   C 
The crown of pain     to three and thirty years. 
    G      C        F         Cmaj7/G   Am7  Am7/G   F 
But this I know, He heals the broken____hear_ted, 
              C/E      F         Cmaj7/G   Dm7/F   Em7  Dm7 
And stays our sin, and calms our lurking   fear, 
    G7        C  C7   Dm7            Em  C/E   Fmaj7 
And lifts the bur_den from the heavy la__den, 
            Cmaj7/G        Dm7/G   G7        C 
For yet the Savior, Savior of the  world, is here. 
 
Verse 3
G         C  Dm    Am      Em      F 
 I cannot tell how He will win the nations, 
            C/E   Dm    Em      Am  Dm/F   Dm7  G 
How He will claim   His earthly heritage, 
         C  Dm    Am        Em   F 
How satisfy   the needs and aspirations 
            C/G   F/A   Em/G   G      C  Dm/C   C 
Of east and west,    of sinner and of sage. 
    G      C         F           Cmaj7/G   Am7  Am7/G   F 
But this I know, all flesh shall see  His  glo__ry, 
             C/E      F       Cmaj7/G   Dm7/F   Em7  Dm7 
And He shall reap the harvest He  has   sown, 
    G7        C  C7    Dm7                Em   C/E   Fmaj7 
And some glad day  His sun shall shine in splendor 
            Cmaj7/G        Dm7/G   G7        C 
When He the Savior, Savior of the  world, is known. 
 
Verse 4
G         C  Dm    Am      Em          F 
 I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship, 
             C/E   Dm       Em    Am       Dm/F   Dm7  G 
When, at His bi______dding, every storm is stilled, 
           C  Dm    Am        Em  F 
Or who can say  how great the jubilation 
             C/G   F/A   Em/G     G        C  Dm/C   C 
When all the hearts   of men with love are filled. 
    G      C         F          Cmaj7/G     Am7  Am7/G   F 
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rap__ture, 
            C/E    F     Cmaj7/G   Dm7/F   Em7  Dm7 
And myriad, myriad human voices    sing, 
    G7       C   C7      Dm7                   Em  C/E   Fmaj7 
And earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will an__swer: 
            Cmaj7/G        Dm7/G   G7        C 
At last the Savior, Savior of the  world, is King. 
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