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.

San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

The message of this hymn is so powerful. I'm sad because hymns are no longer being sung in most churches

Jack Petrash

Irving, TX, United States

A very powerful hymn with deeply touching lyrics showing our precious Savior's process to become King. Even after enjoying this hymn for several days I find it hard not to weep while singing it.


Ohio, United States

I just found this song and am so blessed by it. It makes me so emotional. The lyrics were written over 100 years ago yet this is the first I have heard it. It is so beautiful !! I want to shall it with everyone!

Ian Pearson

Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom

One of my favourite hymns and to such a rousing music tune

Janet White

Chesterfield, United Kingdom

Still one of the most moving hymns around. Love the wording and the tune.

Margaret Owen

Swansea, United Kingdom

I love this hymn. The first time I heard it was at wedding. The words are so beautiful. I just love it.

Kay Carrick

Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The lyrics are set to Londonderry Air.

Geoffrey Beresford Hartwell

Wallington, Surrey, United Kingdom

Does anyone have a name, traditional or otherwise, for this tune?

Robert Ondiba Aosa

Kisii Kenya, Nyanza, Kenya

''And earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer:

At last the Savior, Savior of the world, is King''.

What a beautiful hymn yesterday I did play it with my guitar. Personally I don't know how we shall worship Him. Thanks for the song. Amen.

Gabriel Konayuma

Lusaka, Zambia

This song has been on my mind today. It is a powerful testimony of the Christian as they acknowledge God's grace, lover and mercy shown to us in saving us as undeserving sinners.