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Where They Need No Sun

When my earthly day is waning

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [When my earthly day is waning]
Published in 23 hymnals

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1 When my earthly day is waning
And my mortal robes I fold,
With the dawning of eternity begun;
I shall enter gates of pearl to walk on streets of shining gold,
In that city where they need no sun.

In that city where they need no sun,
When at last my earthly race is run,
I shall see my Savior’s face,
Revel in His love and grace
In that city where they need no sun.

2 O’er the fields of endless glory
I shall wander with delight,
For with sadness and with pain I shall be done;
No more sorrow, no more sickness in that home so pure and bright,
In that city where they need no sun! [Refrain]

3 With the countless blood-washed millions
I shall sing beyond the skies
Praise to God and to “The Lamb for sinners slain;”
As the sound of many waters this triumphant song shall rise,
And resound thro’out God’s vast domain. [Refrain]

Source: Great Gospel Songs #125

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: When my earthly day is waning
Title: Where They Need No Sun
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Language: English
Refrain First Line: In that city where they need no sun
Copyright: Public Domain



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