“I Am Not Skilled to Understand”

I am not skilled to understand
What God hath willed, what God hath planned;
I only know at His right hand
  Stands One who is my Savior.

I take Him at His word indeed:
“Christ died for sinners”–this I read;
For in my heart I find a need
  Of Him to be my Savior!

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 Savior!

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 Savior!

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 Savior

(Dora Greenwell, 1821-1882)

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