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And Shall I Turn Back

Lost, lost on the mountains of sin and despair

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Published in 14 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Lost, lost on the mountains of sin and despair,
Till Jesus in love sought and rescued me there;
He saved me from wand’ring, He gave me release,
And led me in pathways of blessing and peace.

And shall I turn back into the world?
Oh, no! not I! not I!
And shall I turn back into the world?
Oh, no! not I! not I!

2 My days, swiftly passing, have brought from above
So many bright tokens of mercy and love;
“More grace” He has given, and burdens removed,
Yes, over and over His goodness I’ve proved. [Refrain]

3 How well I remember, in sorrow’s dark night,
The lamp of His word shed its beautiful light,
And sweet was the voice of the Comforter then,
Awaking new praises again and again. [Refrain]

4 Before me the tow’rs of Jerusalem rise,
Each day I am nearing my home in the skies;
My Savior a mansion of joy will prepare,
And loved ones are waiting to welcome me there. [Refrain]

Source: The Finest of the Wheat No. 2 #197

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt

Pseudonym: Li­die H. Ed­munds. Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lost, lost on the mountains of sin and despair
Title: And Shall I Turn Back
Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Refrain First Line: And shall I turn back into the world



Instances (1 - 14 of 14)
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Gospel Song-Gems No.1 #75

Heart Melodies #d52

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Hymn-Songs #75

Melodies of Salvation #d88

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Praise Hymns and Full Salvation Songs #97

Songs of Love and Praise #d103

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Songs of Love and Praise No. 2 for use in meetings for christian worship or work #235

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Songs of Love and Praise No. 3 #140

Soul-Stirring Songs #d54

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The Finest of the Wheat No. 2 #197

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The Joy Bells of Canaan or Burning Bush Songs No. 2 #7

The New Living Hymns No. 2 #d206

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The Revival No. 2 #99

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