1 Must I live in doubt and fear, not ever knowing
That I am a child of God down here below?
Must I wander on, not knowing where I’m going?—
If my sins are blotted out I want to know.
I am saved, hallelujah, and I know it,
I am ransomed by the blood of Calvary;
Oh, I know without a doubt that my sins all blotted out,
I am saved, hallelujah, and I know it.
2 Must I strive to save myself with good endeavor?
Must I only live a life of outward show?
Must I hope and strive, and can I really never
Deep within my heart be sure that I may know? [Refrain]
3 Culture and refinement cannot bring the blessing,
Learning, goodness, self-control must only fail;
We must come to Christ our guilt and need confessing,
Nothing but His blood can for our sins avail. [Refrain]
4 I shall never cease to tell the wondrous story
Of the Christ who spoke my pardon one glad day;
I shall never cease to give Him all the glory
Since He saved me in the good old fashioned way. [Refrain]
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 >