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"'Love Lifted Me'" is a hymn first published in 1912, with text by English-American lyricist James Rowe and melody by American organist Howard E. Smith.


James Rowe, son of an English copper miner, was born in 1865 and emigrated from England to the United States of America in 1889.

The hymn's lyrics are inspired primarily by the 14th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, wherein the Twelve Apostles, when caught in a storm, see Jesus appearing to walk on water. In the account, Saint Peter attempts to walk toward Jesus while in the water, but begins to sink. Also referenced in the hymn is the same gospel's eighth chapter, wherein Jesus calms a storm after being awakened by the Apostles. Rowe's lyrics use the former as a metaphor for a narrator who is "sinking deep in sin" before being redeemed.

Little is known about composer Howard E. Smith. He was a church organist from Connecticut. Although he suffered from arthritis at the time of the composition, he was able to compose the hymn's melody while sitting at a piano with Rowe.

According to the database Hymnary.org, "Love Lifted Me" has been published in over 246 hymnals.

Kenny Rogers song

In late 1975, American country music singer Kenny Rogers recorded an adaptation of "Love Lifted Me" for an album of the same name. Rogers' version kept the original refrain but rewrote the verses from a secular viewpoint. Released in December 1975 with "Homemade Love" as the B-side, Rogers' version charted on the 'Billboard' Hot Country Singles chart for 19 weeks, peaking at number 19 early in 1976.

Chart performance

'Te Aroha'

New Zealand composer and kapa haka leader Morvin Simon set 'Te Aroha', a brief song extolling love, faith and peace, to the tune of the chorus of 'Love Lifted Me'. 'Te Aroha' is often sung at gatherings in New Zealand or by groups arriving at a marae.


Category:1912 songs

Category:20th-century hymns

Category:1975 singles

Category:Kenny Rogers songs

Category:United Artists Records singles

Category:Song recordings produced by Larry Butler (producer)

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