Author of the Lyrics
The author of the uplifting
words of the "Lord Knows" lyrics, Johnson Oatman, Jr. (April 21, 1856-September 25, 1922),
was born in Medford, New Jersey, United States and
achieved fame as a Methodist Episcopal minister and hymn writer. Johnson Oatman, Jr. was the lyricist of 5,000 Gospel songs.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Lord Knows", Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (August 18, 1856-September 15, 1932),
was born in Wilton, Iowa, United States and
became famous as a Church organist, teacher, composer and hymn writer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Lord Knows
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Johnson Oatman, Jr. (April 21, 1856
to September 25, 1922)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (August 18, 1856 to
September 15, 1932)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "I may not know the reason why Dark clouds so often veil the sky"
First Publication Date:
Lord Knows Lyrics
I may not know the reason why
Dark clouds so often veil the sky,
But though my sea be smooth or rough,
The Lord knows why, and that's enough.
O yes, He knows, the Lord knows why
These things are ordered from on high;
And though dark clouds may hide the sun,
The Lord knows why—His will be done.
I may not know why I am led
So often in the paths I dread,
But, trusting Him, I'll press my way;
The Lord knows why—I will obey.
I may not know why death should come
To take the dear ones from my home,
But, though mine eyes with tears be dim,
The Lord knows why—I'll trust in Him.
So, though I may not understand
The leadings of my Father's hand,
I know to all He has the key—
He understands each mystery.