I cannot tell why He, whom angels worship

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 wand'rers,
  To bring them back, they know not how or when.
But this I know, that He was born of Mary,
  When Bethl'hem's manger was His only home,
And that He lived at Nazareth and labored,
  And so the Savior, Savior of the world, is come.
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 broken-hearted,
  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.
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.
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.

Nairobi, Kenya

This is a great hymn/carol with a beautiful tune and lovely lyrics. I love to sing it!


United Kingdom

We sang this at my husband's funeral recently. The first part was sung by a talented singer and the refrain was joined by over 200 people. It felt like a foretaste of heaven!

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

As a young Baptist minister, Fullerton conducted evangelistic missions in many parts of the British Isles. In 1912 he became Home Secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society in England. He was a co-worker of Charles Spurgeon and became a pastor at Melbourne Hall, Leicester. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin


Please see Michael Petras' comment on 4/30/2011 on when this hymn was first introduced to the public at the Keswick Convention.

Ian Grainger

Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

I too can not tell why He whom Angels worship should set His love upon the sons of men. I remember singing this hymn to this tune with my own congregation years ago. Hey it's so good that He never changes, "But this I know" He is as faithful today as ever He was.

Maybe we will sing this in heaven, but the words will be wrong because then we shall know why. x

Colin Amey

Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom

What a song. Someone else comments "it can break the heart of a strong man" and yes, was moved to tears in church today singing this. Not sure why, maybe because of its honesty, as we realise there are many unknown factors in our walk with God, but then it focuses us on the core truths of who Jesus is, what He has done and what He will achieve. Great song of hope. Takes me back to teens as well, maybe realising for the first time some of these great truths.

Gill Delano

United Kingdom

I love the whole hymn especially: But this I know, He heals the broken-hearted,

  And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,

And lifts the burden from the heavy laden...thank You Father for sending us Jesus!

Okunnuga Bayonle Tosin

Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Apart from the text of the hymn, the tune is one that can break the heart of a strong man and with the text, whaooo... Αм forever blessed that the Saviour of the world is here.

Huw Thomas

Ammanford, Carm's, United Kingdom

Unto Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin, unto Him be the glory, amen.

I was converted at 10:30am on Saturday 19th of July 1999. A few months later a woman asked me how I was feeling. I asked her how she thought a man who was in love should feel. She didn't understand fully what I meant, but that love is making my heart melt as I type.


Vancouver, BC, Canada

I have always loved this hymn too, I think I first heard it in 1970. It was maybe the first hymn I ever heard, as a child who grew up in a non-Christian home, but my grandparents were Christians. It is amazing how the words come to you when you need them, just as the Word of God does. So strengthening, and also to hear from others here who feel the same.

Barbara White

Sugar Land, TX, United States

I cannot tell, but boy I am so glad He did. I love this hymn.