Emptied of Self

Lord, let me die to selfish desires

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [Lord, let me die to selfish desires]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Lord, let me die to selfish desires,
Kindle in me the Pentecost fires;
Emptied of self and sin may I be,
Filled with Thy love and hidden in Thee.

Emptied of self, with holy love filled,
Let ev’ry voice within me be stilled,
Until I hear Thy whispers to me,
Dead to the world but living for Thee.

2 Lord, let me know no pleasure but Thine,
Lost in Thy will, Thy plans shall be mine;
Yielded to Thee in service so blest,
Struggling no more, in Thee I find rest. [Refrain]

3 Human I am and ever will be,
Clothe me with gracious humility;
Purge me from sin and make my heart clean,
Until Thy image in me is seen. [Refrain]

4 All that I have is laid at Thy feet,
My consecration now is complete;
I would be guided by Thee alone,
Take Thou my heart and make it Thy throne. [Refrain]

Source: New Songs of Praise and Power 1-2-3 Combined #55

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: Lord, let me die to selfish desires
Title: Emptied of Self
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Emptied of self, with holy love filled
Copyright: Public Domain



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