All on the altar, nothing reserving

All on the altar, nothing reserving

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [All on the altar, nothing reserving]
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1 All on the altar, nothing reserving,
Yielding to Thee my life and my all;
Pleading the promise, cleanse me and fill me,
While now upon Thee I earnestly call.

All on the altar, all on the altar,
Now I am trusting the promise divine;
Simply believing, I am receiving,
What thou hast promised, Thy fullness divine.

2 All on the altar, all my ambitions,
All my possessions, no longer mine;
All that I am and all that I will be,
Now and forever shall only be Thine. [Refrain]

3 All on the altar, going or staying,
I am content wherever I dwell;
If Thou, O Lord, in mercy will lead me
Into Thy will all shall ever be well. [Refrain]

4 All on the altar, living or dying,
Happy my lot forever shall be;
Fill’d with Thy Spirit, joyfully singing,
Knowing Thy will means a heaven to me. [Refrain]

Source: New Songs of Pentecost No. 3 #17

Author: Haldor Lillenas

Rv Haldor Lillenas DMus Norway/USA 1885-1959. Born at Stord, near Bergen, Norway, his father sold their 15 acre farm in Norway and emigrated to the U.S., buying a farm in Colton, SD. After he built a sod house, the family (wife and three chldren) also came to SD in 1887. They moved to Astoria, Oregon in 1889, where Lillenas learned English and began writing song lyrics at an early age. In 1900 the family moved again to Roseville, MN, where he worked as a farm laborer and began attending a Lutheran high school at Hawick, MN. He sold a few songs at age 19. At age 21 he began writing more songs, encouraged by some earlier ones becoming popular (“He set me free” was one). His mother died in 1906 and his father returned to ND, but Li… Go to person page >

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First Line: All on the altar, nothing reserving
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Copyright: Public Domain


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