Scripture Verse

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? Matthew 14:29–31


James Rowe

Words: James Rowe, 1912.

Music: How­ard E. Smith (🔊 pdf nwc).

Rowe and Smith wrote this song in Sau­ga­tuck (now part of West­port), Con­nec­ti­cut.

If you know where to get a bet­ter pho­to of Rowe,

St. Peter Walking on the Water
Alessandro Allori


According to Rowe’s daugh­ter:

Howard E. Smith was a lit­tle man whose hands were so knot­ted with arth­ri­tis that you would won­der how he could use them at all, much less play the pi­ano…I can see them now, my fa­ther strid­ing up and down hum­ming a bar or two and How­ard E. play­ing it and jott­ing it down.


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!
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 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.


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.