Scripture Verse

What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?@Mark 8:36

Introduction

Words & Music: Hal­dor Lil­le­nas, Songs of Full Sal­va­tion (In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na: Lil­le­nas Pub­lish­ing, 1924) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Haldor Lillenas
(1885–1959)

Lyrics

I lost the world with its sin and shame,
When I found Jesus, O praise His name!
I lost my sorrow, what blessèd loss!
When I found mercy at Calv’ry’s cross.

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I lost the world, and the world lost me,
When I found pardon at Calvary;
I lost all my sadness,
But I found peace and gladness,
When I lost the world,
And the world lost me.

I lost my love for its gilded toys,
I found the riches of endless joys;
I lost a heart just as hard as stone,
I found a blessing before unknown.

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I lost a burden of guilt and sin,
I found a rest, perfect rest within,
I lost my blindness, and now I see,
Light dawned upon me at Calvary.

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I lost the fetters that held me fast,
I found a freedom from sin at last;
I lost the world, and the world lost me,
Thanks be to Jesus my song shall be.

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