November 19, 1885, Stord Island, Norway.

August 18, 1959, Aspen, Colorado.

Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.


Lillenas emigrated to America as a child; his family settled first in South Dakota, then moved to Oregon in 1889. He attended Deets Pacific Bible College in Los Angeles, California (later renamed to Pasadena College); studied music at the Siegel-Myers School of Music in Chicago, Illinois; and received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Olivet Nazarene College. His first pastorate was in Lompoc, California, in 1910; he later pastored in Redlands, California, and Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1924, he founded the Lillenas Music Company (bought by the Nazarene Publishing Company in 1930), and worked as an editor there until retiring in 1950.

Haldor married Bertha Mae Wilson, a songwriter like himself. He and Bertha were elders in the Church of the Nazarene. Haldor traveled as an evangelist, then pastored several churches, 1914-24. In his lifetime, he wrote some 4,000 hymns, and supplied songs for many evangelists. His works include:

  1. Abundant Entrance, An
  2. After the Day Is Ended
  3. After the Shadows Cometh the Sunshine
  4. All on the Altar, Nothing Reserving
  5. All That I Want Is in Jesus
  6. All to Thee, My Blessed Savior
  7. Almost Too Good to Be True
  8. Altogether Lovely
  9. Anchored Fast
  10. And Yet There Is Room
  11. Anywhere with Jesus It Is All Right
  12. Are You Denying the Master?
  13. Are You Distressed on Life’s Weary Road?
  14. Are You Ready for the Judgment Day?
  15. As the Mighty Rolling Tide of the Ocean
  16. Beautiful Crowns
  17. Beautiful Gates of Gold, The
  18. Bells of Peace, The
  19. Bible Stands, The
  20. Bless Me, Father, Ere I Go
  21. Blessed Voice of Jesus, The
  22. Blood Covers All of My Sin, The
  23. Blotted Out and Gone
  24. Born Again, Redeemed from Sin
  25. Break Forth and Sing of Christ the King
  26. Can It Be That My Soul Is Dying?
  27. Can You Turn from the Friend Who Loves You?
  28. Cause of Righteousness, The
  29. Christmas Bells Are Chiming over All the Earth
  30. Church of God, Awaken
  31. Climbing Up the Hills of God
  32. Close to the Heart of Jesus
  33. Close to Thy Heart
  34. Closer Fellowship, A
  35. Closer Walk with Thee, A
  36. Come Just as You Are
  37. Come, While the Door Is Open
  38. Comforter Has Come to Abide, The
  39. Consolation
  40. Creeds There Are Unnumbered
  41. Dainty Flowers, Leafy Bowers
  42. Dear Old Bible, The
  43. Do You Think He Will Leave You Alone?
  44. Don’t Turn Him Away
  45. Dusky Hands
  46. Emptied of Self
  47. Eternally He Is the Same
  48. Every Passing Moment
  49. Exceeding Abundant
  50. Faithful Little Workers
  51. Far Away from My Friends
  52. Far I Have Wandered
  53. Fellowship of Friends on Earth, The
  54. Fire of Pentecost, The
  55. Forward to Battle
  56. Fountain That Never Runs Dry
  57. Fullness of the Blessing, The
  58. Garden of My Heart, The
  59. Gathered in an Upper Chamber
  60. Give Me the Dear Old Bible
  61. Give Us a New Touch of Fire
  62. Glad Invitation Is Ringing Today, A
  63. Glorious Freedom
  64. Glorious Redeemer Is the Savior of Mankind
  65. God Is Able to Save the Lost
  66. God Was There
  67. God with Us, Is the Name of Our King
  68. God’s Grace Divine Shall Ever Safely Guide Me
  69. God’s Guiding Hand
  70. God’s Love Can Never Fail
  71. Golden Bells of Welcome, The
  72. Good-Bye, Till We Meet
  73. Great Atonement, The
  74. Great Coronation Day, The
  75. Great Is the Boundless Love of the Savior
  76. Great Is the Lord of the Earth and Sky
  77. Great Judgment Day, The
  78. Happy Christian Children Are We
  79. Has the Comforter Come to Abide?
  80. Have You Received the Blessing?
  81. Have You Thought?
  82. He Has Called Me by My Name
  83. He Is a Savior of Love
  84. He Is Coming
  85. He Is Divine
  86. He Is Mine
  87. He Is Real to Me
  88. He Is the Rose of Sharon
  89. He Remembers Your Prayers
  90. He Saved Me
  91. He Set Me Free
  92. He Shall Return
  93. He Took Me In
  94. He Will Carry You Through
  95. Heaven Is in My Soul
  96. Higher Than the Mountain
  97. Highlands of Canaan, The
  98. His Grace Is Keeping Me
  99. Holy Spirit, Breathe upon Us
  100. Holy Spirit, God Most Holy
  101. How Rich Is the Mercy and Grace
  102. I Am Determined to Follow Jesus
  103. I Am Rejoicing in Jesus, He Who from Sin
  104. I Am Rejoicing in Jesus Today
  105. I Am Not Only Saved from Sin
  106. I Am Resting, Sweetly Resting
  107. I Am Singing and Rejoicing Every Passing Day
  108. I Am So Happy in Jesus
  109. I Am Walking Day by Day
  110. I Believe That the Bible
  111. I Came unto Jesus Confessing My Sin
  112. I Cannot Choose the Path That I Would Tread
  113. I Come to Thee, Thou Living Lord
  114. I Have Been Saved by the Power of Jesus
  115. I Have Fixed My Eyes on the Things on High
  116. I Have Found a Deep Peace
  117. I Have Found a Precious Resting Place
  118. I Have Left the Land of Night
  119. I Have Many Reasons for Loving the Lord
  120. I Have Settled the Question
  121. I Have the Blessing Still
  122. I Know
  123. I Know a Name
  124. I Know It
  125. I Lost the World
  126. I Remember Mother’s Prayers
  127. I Serve Him Because I Love Him
  128. I Shall See Him Face to Face
  129. I Shall Stand One Day at the Great White Throne
  130. I Sing of Grace So Full and Free
  131. I Turn to Jesus
  132. I Was Lost in Sin but Jesus Took Me In
  133. I Will Arise and Go to My Father
  134. I Will Say Yes
  135. If the Way Seems Long and Weary
  136. If You Lose Your Soul
  137. If You Would a Blessing Be
  138. If Your Soul Is Lost
  139. I’ll Never Let Go of Jesus
  140. I’m Determined
  141. I’m Going to My Home
  142. I’m Hiding in Jesus
  143. In a World Where Life is a Fleeting Thing
  144. In Christ My Lord My Need’s All Abundantly Supplied
  145. In the Battles for the Lord
  146. In the Beulah Land
  147. In the Dark Heathen Night They Are Dwelling
  148. In the Fields of Labor
  149. In the Harbor Land
  150. In the Homeland
  151. In the Vineyard of the Lord Are Many Workers
  152. In Your Search for Wealth and the Gleam of Gold
  153. Is Anything Too Good for Jesus?
  154. It Fills and It Thrills
  155. It Was Jesus Who Set Me Free
  156. Jesus Can
  157. Jesus Once Came to Earth
  158. Jesus Only Is the World’s Great Need
  159. Jesus Rolls the Clouds Away
  160. Jesus Will Walk with Me
  161. Judge Is at the Door, The
  162. Judgment Day Is Coming
  163. Just to Trust in Jesus
  164. King of Peace Is He
  165. Launch Out
  166. Leave Your Burden at the Place of Prayer
  167. Let My Life Speak for Thee
  168. Let the Blood Cleanse Away Every Stain
  169. Let Your Life for Jesus Shine
  170. Life’s Sunshine May Be Checkered
  171. Lift Up Your Voice in Jubilant Song
  172. Like the Stars That Brightly Shine Above Us
  173. Line Shall Not Break Where I Stand, The
  174. Line Up, Line Up for Jesus
  175. Little Hands Can Lift a Burden
  176. Living Forever
  177. Living in Canaan land
  178. Look for the Silver Lining
  179. Lord, I Am Pleading
  180. Lord, Send the Fire
  181. Love of God, The
  182. Love of Jesus, The
  183. Loyal and True
  184. Many Are the Deeds That I Can Never Do
  185. Many Things May Seem Obscure
  186. Merrily Sing
  187. Mighty Grace of God
  188. More Than a Friend
  189. Mounting Up
  190. My Burden Is Gone
  191. My God Is a Good God
  192. My Heart Is Full of Joy
  193. My Heart with Joy Is Singing
  194. My Mother’s Old Bible Is True
  195. My Shepherd
  196. My Sins Are Remembered No More
  197. My Song Shall Be of Jesus
  198. My Soul Is Clinging to Jesus
  199. My Soul Is Filled with Joy and Gladness
  200. My Wonderful Friend
  201. My Wonderful Lord
  202. My Wonderful Savior
  203. Name of Jesus, The
  204. No Compromise
  205. No One but Jesus Can Hear My Prayer
  206. No Other Name Found on Earth or in Heaven
  207. Not Far from the Kingdom
  208. Not for This World
  209. Nothing Between
  210. Nothing Can Be Greater Than a Heart Made Right
  211. Nothing New to Me
  212. Nothing Satisfies but Jesus
  213. Now Is the Day of Salvation
  214. O Captive Soul by Sin Oppressed
  215. O Heart That Was Broken for Me
  216. O Love of Calvary
  217. O My Heart Sings Today
  218. O Ring the Golden Bells of Freedom
  219. O Soul, Have You Thought of the Price You Pay?
  220. O Soul Vainly Striving for Peace and for Rest
  221. O Tell Me Not of the Joys of Earth
  222. O Troubled Heart, Bowed Down with Bitter Pain
  223. O What a Wonderful Grace I Have Found
  224. O What Must It Be to Be Lost
  225. O’er Our Fair and Mighty Nation
  226. Of Love Full and Free I Am Singing
  227. On the Resurrection Morn
  228. On the Winning Side
  229. Once I Was Bound by Sin’s Galling Fetters
  230. Once I Was Walking in the By Ways of Sin
  231. One Day at a Time the Master Will Lead
  232. One Day I Traveled a Toilsome Road
  233. One Is Walking with Me
  234. Only a Rose by the Way
  235. Only Little Hands Have We
  236. Onward, Christian Soldiers, Forward to the Fight
  237. Open the Windows of Heaven
  238. Out upon Life’s Ocean Many Souls Adrift
  239. Over the Jasper Sea
  240. Path Lies Hid Behind the Veil
  241. Peace That Jesus Gives, The
  242. Peace That My Savior Has Given, The
  243. Perfect Salvation, A
  244. Perhaps I Am Nearer Home Than I Think
  245. Place at the Cross, A
  246. Plead the Blood
  247. Power in Prevailing Prayer
  248. Pray Through
  249. Pray Without Ceasing
  250. Prayer Is the Key That Unlocks the Door
  251. Promise Unfailing, The
  252. Pull Up Stream
  253. Raindrops Fall on the Thirsty Ground
  254. Redeemed from Sin
  255. Resurrection Morning, The
  256. Sabbath Bells Are Chiming
  257. Safely Sheltered
  258. Satisfied
  259. Savior Have I, More Precious to Me, A
  260. Sheltered by Atoning Grace
  261. Shut in with God
  262. Sin Cannot Unpunished Be
  263. Since Jesus Saved Me
  264. Since Light Has Dawned on Me
  265. Sing a Song of Triumph
  266. Sing Me a Song of Heaven
  267. Sobbing of a Thousand Million, The
  268. Soldiers of Immanuel
  269. Some Day the Light of Earth Shall Fade Away
  270. Some Glad Morning I’ll Awaken
  271. Some Golden Morn
  272. Someone Is Out in the World of Sin
  273. Something in That Name
  274. Soul That Sinneth Shall Die, The
  275. Spirit Divine, Come In
  276. Stand Fast in the Lord
  277. Standing on the Word
  278. Still Saying No to Jesus
  279. Storm the Forts of Sin
  280. Sunshine Booster Band, The
  281. Sure Foundation, The
  282. Surrender to Jesus
  283. Sweeping This Way
  284. Sweeter Every Moment
  285. Tell It Everywhere
  286. Tell the Blessèd Story
  287. Tell the Story
  288. That Someone Is Jesus
  289. That Will Be Heaven When We Get Home
  290. Theme of My Song, The
  291. There Are Many Little Lambs
  292. There Are Many Who Have Gone the Way Before Us
  293. There Is a Land of Beauty
  294. There Is a Song I’ve Learned to Sing
  295. There Is Joy in Heaven
  296. There Is One Who Rules in Heaven
  297. There’s a Beautiful Land That Is Almost in View
  298. There’s a Blessed and Triumphant Song
  299. There’s a Land of Light
  300. There’s a Mighty Conflict Raging
  301. There’s a Mighty Host of Valiant Soldiers
  302. There’s a Word of Cheer for Each
  303. Though Far You Have Wandered Away from the Lord
  304. Though My Sins Were Scarlet Red
  305. Thrones May Fall and Crumble
  306. Through Long Weary Years
  307. Times and the Seasons Are Changing, The
  308. To Our God Above Draw Near
  309. Traveling to My Home, Sweet Home
  310. Trials of Earth May Be Many, The
  311. Trust in the Lord Your Savior
  312. Truth Shall Win, The
  313. Under the Atoning Blood
  314. Uttermost and Full Salvation, The
  315. Vast, Unmeasured Distance Lay, A
  316. Victory in My Soul
  317. Victory Is Here
  318. Vote as You Pray
  319. Walking in the Beautiful Light of God
  320. Watch Your Words Whatever You Do
  321. Waves Are Rolling High
  322. Way Is Narrow That Leads to Life, The
  323. We Are Gathered, Lord
  324. We Have Come to Dedicate to Thee
  325. We Shall Know Each Other Better Over Yonder
  326. Welcome Home, A
  327. What a Blessed Peace We Know
  328. What a Greeting
  329. What a Wonderful Day When I Lost the Load
  330. What a Wonderful Salvation
  331. What Have You Written Today?
  332. What Will It Be to Be There?
  333. When a Perfect Consecration I Had Made
  334. When Day Is Done
  335. When God Forgives, He Forgets
  336. When I Have Ended My Pilgrimage Here
  337. When Jesus Leads
  338. When Jesus Whispers
  339. When My Day Seems Long and Dreary
  340. When the Dawn of Eternity Shall Appear
  341. When the Shadows Fall
  342. When the Holy Ghost Abides
  343. When Your Heart Is Right with God
  344. Where Jesus Goes I’ll Gladly Follow
  345. Where the Shadows of Sin Are Falling
  346. Where They Need No Sun
  347. While Jesus Is Passing By
  348. Who Can Find Salvation Free
  349. Who Can Touch Our Life?
  350. Who Will Go?
  351. Whosoever, That Means Me
  352. Why Carry Your Load Any Longer?
  353. Why Wander in the Wilderness?
  354. Will the Circle Be Broken?
  355. Win the One Next to You
  356. Winner of Souls, A
  357. With My Savior I Abide
  358. Wonder Working Name, The
  359. Wonderful Fountain, A
  360. Wonderful Grace of Jesus
  361. Wonderful Healer Once Walked Among Men, A
  362. Wonderful, Infinite, Matchless Love
  363. Wonderful Love
  364. Wonderful Peace
  365. Wonderful the Power of Christ Our King
  366. Wonderful, Wonderful, Jesus Is to Me
  367. Wondrous Name, The
  368. Word of God, The
  369. Ye Shall Be Holy
  370. Ye Who Are Troubled and Burdened by Sin
  371. Yielded to Thee
  372. Yonder a Man in the Prison Dwells
  373. Your Roses May Have Thorns
  1. Are You on the Right Trail?
  2. Church in the Village, The
  3. Count Me
  4. Glory Just to Walk
  5. His Wonderful Love
  6. I’m Abiding in Canaan Land
  7. In the Promised Land
  8. In the Same Old Fashioned Way
  9. Jesus Has Lifted Me
  10. Jesus Intercedes for Me
  11. King of Glory, The
  12. Risk Is Too Great, The
  13. Steady, Brother, Steady
  14. There’s a Place in God’s Planning for You
  15. Years Can Not Take Him Away, The