Because He first loved us.@1 John 4:19

Gra­cie E. Love­light, in Songs of Joy and Glad­ness, by John R. Swe­ney, Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick et al. (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Mc­Don­ald, Gill & Com­pa­ny, 1885), num­ber 38.

Darm­stadt Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

I know not why my Savior
Has done so much for me;
I know not why His favor
Has come so constantly;
But this I know: I love Him
And trust Him day by day,
And cast my care upon Him,
And watch and praise and pray.

I know not why my Savior
Should leave a glorious throne
To bleed and die on Calvary,
For sinners to atone;
But this I know, ’tis certain,
He fully ransomed me,
And in that truth believing
I realize I’m free.

I know not why He bids me
Breathe forth my wants in prayer,
While day by day He sees me,
And knows my every care;
But this I know, while praying
And trusting in His Word,
My soul refreshed and strengthened,
Rests sweetly on the Lord.

I know not where He leads me,
And yet I follow still;
I know not why He needs me
My vineyard place to fill:
But this I know, at duty
In prayer or holy song,
My heart keeps overflowing
With rapture all day long!