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He Shall Reign

Thrones may fall and crumble

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [Thrones may fall and crumble]
Published in 10 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Thrones may fall and crumble,
Kingdoms may rise and fall,
But the throne of Immanuel
Shall flourish above them all.
He is King forever
O’er His vast domain,
Tho’ the stars may fall,
Far above them all
King Immanuel shall reign.

He shall reign,
He shall reign,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings and Lord of lords;
He shall reign forevermore,
His reign shall extend from shore to shore.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!
Hallelujah, He shall reign,
Hallelujah, He shall reign,
Hallelujah, He shall reign forever and evermore,
Forevermore, forevermore.

2 He who bore our sorrow,
Sorrows that weighed Him down,
He who suffered upon a cross
Now wears an eternal crown.
He who was rejected,
And for sinners slain,
Ever lives to save,
Victor o’er the grave,
King Immanuel shall reign. [Refrain]

Source: Great Gospel Songs #108

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: Thrones may fall and crumble
Title: He Shall Reign
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Refrain First Line: He shall reign
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #12941
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The Cyber Hymnal #12941

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