Words by: James Rowe (1865-1933) in 1911-12
Music by: Howard E. Smith (1863-1918)
"LOVE LIFTED ME"
"He was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, Lord save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand…." (Matt. 14.30-31)
INTRO.: A song which is based on the familiar story of how Peter went to walk on the water, became afraid, began to sink, cried to the Lord to save him, and was lifted out of the water by Jesus is "Love Lifted Me". The text was written by James Rowe (1865-1933). One of the most prolific hymn poets of the twentieth century, Rowe was born in England but came to the United States in 1890 and settled at Albany, NY, where he married. After working as a railroad employee for a time, he devoted the rest of his life to literary pursuits and became especially noted for writing song texts. By his own record, he produced more than 19,000 hymns for a number of different composers.
For "Love Lifted Me," Rowe teamed up with the composer of the tune (Safety), Howard E. Smith. According to Rowe’s daughter, Mrs. Louise Rowe Mayhew, Smith was a little man whose hands had become knotted with arthritis, but he could still play the piano.
Therefore, while Rowe was writing words, Smith would play some notes on the piano and then copy them down. This is how this song was put together in Saugatuck, CT, in 1911 or 1912.
Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri: Gospel Publishing House, 1969.
James Rowe (1865-1933)
LYRICS: Love Lifted Me
1. I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
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!
2. All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling
In His blessèd presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs.
3. Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.