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