Living Forever

Living forever O marvelous thought

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [Living forever, O marvelous thought]
Published in 11 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Living forever, O marvelous thought!
Jesus to me immortality brought;
Living forever, though stars may decay,
Suns cease to shine and the worlds pass away.

Living forever,
Dying, no, never,
Life everlasting
My portion shall be;
Wonderful story,
To God be the glory,
I shall be living
For all eternity.

2 Living forever where death is unknown,
Dwelling where sin never reigned on the throne;
Living forever where sorrowless days,
Days never ending are fragrant with praise. [Refrain]

3 Living forever where love never dies,
In that fair land where are said no “good-byes,”
Living forever where hope is fulfilled
And all the voices of sorrow are stilled. [Refrain]

4 Living forever through unending years,
Where no eyes glisten with unbidden tears;
Living forever in mansions of light,
Where faith at last has been changed into sight. [Refrain]

5 Living forever, O destiny bright,
In that bright Eden where cometh no night;
Living forever with Jesus will be
Heaven and glory sufficient for me. [Refrain]

Source: Favorite Gospel Songs #31

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: Living forever O marvelous thought
Title: Living Forever
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Living forever
Copyright: Public Domain



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