I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me!
All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll
In His blessèd presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best
Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs.
Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.
The two huddled together, working line by line, bar by bar,
composing this hymn in tandem. The words were jotted down by James
Rowe, and the music was hammered out at the piano by his friend.
Howard E. Smith, whose hands were so twisted from arthritis that his
friends wondered how he could play the piano at all. When they
finished the world had "Love Lifted Me."
James Rowe was a New Year's baby, born in Devonshire, England, on the
first day of 1865. His father, John Rowe, was a copper miner, As a
young man, James went to work for the Irish government, but when he
was in his mid-twenties, he decided to immigrate to the United States.
He settled down in Albany, New York, got married, and found a job with
the railroad. He later became superintendent of the Hudson River
Humane Society in Albany before eventually becoming a full-time
writer. He composed hymns and edited music journals for several
publishers. His last years were spend in Wells, Vermont, where he
supported himself by writing messages for greeting card publishers,
working alongside his daughter who was an artist.
During his lifetime, James claimed to have written more than 19,000
song texts. James Rowe and Howard Smith created "Love Lifted Me" in
Saugatuck, Connecticut, in 1912, and sold the copyright to Charles
Tillman, who transferred it to Robert Coleman in 1915 for one hundred
- He was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. ‘You of little
faith,’ He said, ‘why did you doubt?’
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