I Cannot Tell

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         C                       F
I cannot tell why He whom angels worship,

               C                     G
Should set His love upon the sons of men,

             C                         F
Or why, as Shepherd, He should seek the wanderers,

              C          G               C     G
To bring them back, they know not how or when.

           C          Am             G       Em
But this I know, that He was born of Mary

                 Am     F            G
When Bethlehem’s manger was His only home,

            C        F            C        Am
And that He lived at Nazareth and labored,

           C              G               C
And so the Savior, Savior of the world is come.

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  1. Thank you for these simple chord patterns. The full lyrics of this hymn are so good, full of hope, promise, and faith.

  2. Thank you so much for posting these beautiful hymns, I have always loved hymns but now I can play them on the guitat as well!

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