I'll Never Go Back

I once was in bondage in Egypt's dark night

Author: Charles W. Naylor
Tune: [I once was in bondage in Egypt's dark night]
Published in 3 hymnals

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1 I once was in bondage in Egypt’s dark night,
But Jesus has brought me out into the light;
He banished my sins and has made my heart right;
I’ll never go back, I’ll never go back.
I’ll never go back to the bondage of sin,
I’ll never go back to the place I was in,
A crown of rejoicing I’m striving to win;
I’ll never go back again.

2 From sin and its follies I knew I must part
If Jesus were ever to reign in my heart;
So, turning from evil, I hastened to start;
I’ll never go back, I’ll never go back.
I’ll never go back to the world and its ways,
Its pride and its fashions, nor seek for its praise;
I’ll give to my Savior my strength and my days,
I’ll never go back again.

3 From Babel confusion most gladly I fled,
And came to the heights of fair Zion instead;
I’m feasting this moment on heavenly bread;
I’ll never go back, I’ll never go back.
The beast and his image, his mark, and his name,
My love or allegiance no longer can claim,
Though men may exalt them to honor and fame;
I’ll never go back again.

4 The church that was built when the Pentecost came,
The church that is kept in one faith and one name,
Shall shine on resplendent, forever the same;
I’ll never go back, I’ll never go back.
I’ll never go back to division and strife,
Where hatred and envy and malice are rife;
I’ll walk in the truth all the days of my life;
I’ll never go back again.

Source: Timeless Truths #173

Author: Charles W. Naylor

Naylor, Charles Wesley. (1874--1950). C. W. Naylor was born in southern Ohio and reared in Ohio and West Virginia by grandparents. At the age of nineteen he left the Methodist church for the Church of God. He worked for a while at the Gospel Trumpet Company in Grand Junction, Michigan and on some evangelistic tours. He was ordained in 1899 in Springfield, Ohio. He was first injured in 1908 in Florida while moving timbers from under a meeting tent. He suffered a dislocated kidney and other internal injuries. A year later he was in a bus accident that left him an invalid for the rest of his life. Naylor wrote eight books, many articles and pamphlets, many hymns and gospel songs, besides being a columnist in the Gospel Trumpet. --John W.… Go to person page >

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First Line: I once was in bondage in Egypt's dark night
Title: I'll Never Go Back
Author: Charles W. Naylor
Meter: 11.11.11.10.11.11.11.7
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I'll never go back
Copyright: Public Domain

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