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Great Is Immanuel

God with us, is the name of our King

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [“God with us,” is the name of our King]
Published in 10 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 “God with us,” is the name of our King,
Earth, sea and sky shall break forth and sing
Praises to Him who salvation did bring.
Great is our King Immanuel.
Leaving His scepter, leaving His throne,
Born in a manger, dying alone,
God-man most holy, humble and lowly,
Great is Immanuel.

Great is Immanuel,
Who can His wonders tell?
Heaven and earth shall swell
With praise to Immanuel. [Refrain]

2 Great is Immanuel, praise His name,
Now and forever He is the same,
He bore our sin and He carried our shame,
Great is our King Immanuel.
Victor o’er sin o’er death and the grave,
Ever He lives, the Mighty to save,
Ready to cheer us, waiting to hear us,
Great is Immanuel. [Refrain]

3 Angelic beings sing of His fame,
And all the blood-washed honor His name,
Mighty to help us, “He knoweth our frame,”
Great is our King Immanuel.
Ruler of earth and heaven is He,
But in our hearts He promised to be,—
Bow down before Him, worship, adore Him!
Great is Immanuel. [Refrain]

Source: Favorite Gospel Songs #12

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: God with us, is the name of our King
Title: Great Is Immanuel
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Great is Immanuel, who can Jis wonders tell?
Publication Date: 1917
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 10 of 10)

Chorus Choir Voices No. 3 #d10

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Devotion and Praise #204

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Favorite Gospel Songs #12

Glorious Gospel Hymns #534

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New Songs of the Old Faith #195

Praise and Worship #279

Praise and Worship #279

Songs of Full Salvation #d44

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Songs of Full Salvation #48

Songs of the Great Salvation #162

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