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I cannot tell how he whom angels worship




I cannot tell why He,
whom angels worship,
Should set His love
upon the sons of men,
Or why, as shepherds,
He should seek the wanderers,
To bring them back,
they know not how or when.


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.


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.


I cannot tell
how 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.


---Alternative verses---


I cannot tell
how he whom angels worship
should stoop to love
the peoples of the earth,
or why as shepherd
he should seek the wanderer
with his mysterious promise
of new birth.

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LYRICS
Meter: 11 10 11 10 11 10 11 12
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1929
      Bible Refs: Is 61:1; Lk 2:7; Lk 4:18; Jn 10:11; Jn 10:14; 1 Jn 4:14; Rev 11:15;
      MUSIC
      Name: LONDONDERRY AIR
      Meter: 11 10 11 10 11 10 11 12
      Writer(s):
        Dates: c. 17 cent
        SCORE PREVIEW
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        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 83C
        # 205C
        # 1433C
        # 238C
        # 183D
        # 809D
        # 547Db
        # 87G

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