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[I know not why God's wondrous grace] (McGranahan)

[I know not why God's wondrous grace] (McGranahan)

Composer: James McGranahan (1883)
Published in 98 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Composer: James McGranahan

Born: July 4, 1840, West Fallowfield, Pennsylvania. Died: July 9, 1907, Kinsman, Ohio. Buried: New Kinsman Cemetery, Kinsman, Ohio. Pseudonym: G. M. J.  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: James McGranahan (1883)
Meter: D
Incipit: 1334( 3)2(1 )6553 556
Key: C Major/D Major
Copyright: Public Domain


James McGranahan (PHH 99), Whittle's song leader, composed EL NATHAN. The tunes title is a pseudonym used by Whittle. A typical gospel hymn tune, EL NATHAN is constructed with a few melodic lines and a very simple harmony, but it is marked by some rhythmic interest. The tune is easily sung in parts. Try singing the stanzas in two long lines. The text of the refrain calls for one long extended phrase; accompanists and choirs using staggered breathing can demonstrate the effectiveness of a musical “communion of the saints” by performing the entire refrain without a break. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1989


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #337
Text: I Know Whom I Have Believed
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #344
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #2865
Text: I Know Whom I Have Believed (Whittle)
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #495
Text: I Know Not Why God's Wondrous Grace
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #714
Text: I Know Whom I Have Believed
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #407
Text: I Know Whom I Have Believed


Instances (1 - 28 of 28)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
50 Uncommon Songs: for partakers of the common salvation #16TextPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #525
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #337TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #353TextFlexscorePage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #588TextFlexscorePage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #344ScoreAudio
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #447
Hymnal: A Worship Book #338
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #362Text
Hymns of Faith #229TextPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #690TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #288Page Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #495Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #388
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #431
Sing Joyfully #310TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #481Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #139
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #527TextFlexscorePage Scan
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #440
The Cyber Hymnal #2865TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #409TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #714TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #493TextPage Scan
Timeless Truths #578TextAudio
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #705TextFlexscorePage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #407TextScoreFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #290
Include 70 pre-1979 instances
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