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Can you turn from a friend who loves you

Can you turn from a friend who loves you

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [Can you turn from a friend who loves you]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Can you turn from a friend who loves you,
Who died upon Calvary;
Can you spurn Him who gave all He had for you,
To redeem and to set you free.

O turn not away from Jesus today,
Lest from you He should depart,
Just think what He gave you,
Just now let Him save you and give unto Him your heart.

2 Can you grieve one whose heart is yearning,
To bless you and make you whole;
Can you turn from your heart one who loves you so
He is longing to save your soul. [Refrain]

3 Many years He has gently called you,
O turn from your life of sin;
Open wide your heart’s door, let Him enter now,
And a new life in Him begin. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Full Salvation #43

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Can you turn from a friend who loves you
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Refrain First Line: O, turn not away from Jesus
Copyright: Public Domain



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