I know not why God’s wondrous grace
I know not why God’s wondrous grace. Daniel Webster Whittle* (1840-1901).
Published in Gospel Hymns No 4 (New York, 1883), edited by Ira D. Sankey*, James McGranahan*, and George C. Stebbins*. It was headed ‘I know Whom I have believed’, which forms the first line of the refrain, from 2 Timothy 1: 12; the hymn is sometimes known by this line. Most unusually, the quotation is repeated verbatim across four unrhymed lines:
But ‘I know Whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.’
The ‘But’ is the answer to the four stanzas, each of which begins ‘I know not…’.
The tune was written by McGranahan, and called EL...
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