Don't Turn Him Away

Patiently, tenderly pleading, Jesus is standing

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [Patiently, tenderly pleading]
Published in 22 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Patiently, tenderly pleading,
Jesus is standing today
At your heart’s door
He knocks as before,
Oh, turn Him no longer away!

Don’t turn Him away, don’t turn Him away,
He has come back to your heart again,
Although you’ve gone astray;
O how you’ll need Him to plead your cause
On that eternal day!
Don’t turn the Savior away from your heart,
Don’t turn Him away.

2 Gracious, compassionate mercy
Brought Him from mansions above;
Caused Him to wait
Just outside your gate,
O yield to His wonderful love. [Refrain]

3 Can you not now hear Him calling?
Do not ill treat such a Friend;
Give up your sin, Oh, let Him come in,
Lo! He will be true to the end. [Refrain]

4 Now is the time to receive Him,
Grant Him admission today;
Grieve Him no more,
But open your door,
And turn Him no longer away. [Refrain]

Source: Favorite Gospel Songs #63

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: Patiently, tenderly pleading, Jesus is standing
Title: Don't Turn Him Away
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Don't turn Him away, don't turn Him away
Copyright: Public Domain



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