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Thread #6045   Message #3469226
Posted By: GUEST,Linda Griggs
20-Jan-13 - 08:46 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Give Me the Roses While I Live
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Give Me the Roses While I Live
I found much of this on youtube in the 'read more'
I wish I'd saved the links. silly me.

R. H. Cornelius compiled or published over a dozen gospel song books between 1900 & 1930.

James Rowe
Born: Jan­u­a­ry 1, 1865, Hor­ra­bridge, De­von­shire, Eng­land.
Died: No­vem­ber 10, 1933, Wells, Ver­mont.
Son of John Rowe, a cop­per min­er, James worked for the Ir­ish gov­ern­ment for four years, then em­i­grat­ed to Amer­i­ca at age 24. He set­tled in Al­ba­ny, New York, and worked in rail­roads in New York for 10 years. He then be­came an in­spect­or for the Hud­son Riv­er Hu­mane So­ci­e­ty. He then worked for mu­sic pub­lish­ers in Tex­as and Ten­nes­see, and in his lat­er years, moved to Vermont and worked with his daugh­ter, an artist, writ­ing vers­es for greet­ing cards.
Famous song writer James Rowe didn't have an easy life. As a matter of fact, just performing the art of writing was a real struggle. Born January 1, 1865, James was the fifth of 9 children, but the first born boy. He and his family lived in Wales.
In 1889 James, as a 24-year-old man, immigrated to the United States, where he settled in Albany New York. During the course of his life, James worked as a teacher, government worker, railroad worker, and an inspector for the Hudson River Humane Society.
While he enjoyed his work, his true passion lay in creating. It is said that James Rowe wrote some 20,000 hymns and poems. Among them were such cherished songs as God Holds the Future in His Hands, I Walk With the King, If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again, and many others. 
What makes this so amazing is what he overcame in order to pen these thousands of songs. According to his daughter, she witnessed her father, who suffered with a serious case of arthritis, spending day after day working on the words, melody, and music to many different songs. Despite the pain with which he lived, he pushed through and achieved his goals of putting his faith to the written word.