Nobody Knows But Jesus

Nobody knows but Jesus, 'Tis but an old refrain

Author: Frances R. Havergal
Tune: [Nobody knows but Jesus] (Leslie)
Published in 16 hymnals

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1 Nobody knows but Jesus:
’Tis but an old refrain;
But it is new to my heart,
Now as it comes again.

Nobody knows but Jesus:
Is it not better so,
That no one else but Jesus,
My own dear Lord, shall know?

2 Nobody knows but Jesus:
’Tis music for today,
And thro’ the hardest trials
Helps me along the way. [Refrain]

3 Burdens might be so heavy
That dear ones could not bear
To know the bitter heartaches,
They could not come and share. [Refrain]

4 Nobody knows but Jesus:
My Lord, I bless Thee now
For the great gift of sorrow,
That no one knows but Thou. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11754

Author: Frances R. Havergal

Havergal, Frances Ridley, daughter of the Rev. W. H. Havergal, was born at Astley, Worcestershire, Dec. 14, 1836. Five years later her father removed to the Rectory of St. Nicholas, Worcester. In August, 1850, she entered Mrs. Teed's school, whose influence over her was most beneficial. In the following year she says, "I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment." A short sojourn in Germany followed, and on her return she was confirmed in Worcester Cathedral, July 17, 1853. In 1860 she left Worcester on her father resigning the Rectory of St. Nicholas, and resided at different periods in Leamington, and at Caswall Bay, Swansea, broken by visits to Switzerland, Scotland, and North Wales. She died… Go to person page >

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First Line: Nobody knows but Jesus, 'Tis but an old refrain
Title: Nobody Knows But Jesus
Author: Frances R. Havergal
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #11754
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