I Am Not Skilled to Understand

I am not skilled to understand

Author: Dora Greenwell (1873)
Tune: GREENWELL (Kirkpatrick)
Published in 79 hymnals

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1 I am not skilled to understand
What God hath willed, what God hath planned;
I only know at His right hand
Is One who is my Saviour!

2 I take Him at His word indeed:
“Christ died for sinners,” this I read;
And in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Saviour!

3 That He should leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die,
You count it strange? So once did I,
Before I knew my Saviour!

4 And oh, that He fulfilled may see
The travail of His soul in me,
And with His work contented be,
As I with my dear Saviour!

5 Yes, living, dying, let me bring
My strength, my solace from this Spring;
That He who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Saviour!


Source: Worship and Service Hymnal: For Church, School, and Home #68

Author: Dora Greenwell

Greenwell, Dorothy, commonly known as "Dora Greenwell," was born at Greenwell Ford, Durham, in 1821; resided at Ovingham Rectory, Northumberland (1848); Golborne Rectory, Lancashire; Durham (1854), and Clifton, near Bristol, where she died in 1882. Her works include Poems, 1848; The Patience of Hope, 1861; The Life of Lacordaire; A Present Heaven; Two Friends; Songs of Salvation, 1874, &c. Her Life, by W. Dorling, was published in 1885. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology  Go to person page >


I am not skilled to understand . Dorothy Greenwell. [Jesus the Saviour.] From her Songs of Salvation, 1873, p. 4, entitled "Redemption," into the Sunday School Hymnary, 1905.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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