Rowe, John, 1764-1833. Minister at Shrewsbury and at Lewin's Mead, Bristol. His hymn on the Anticipation of Old Age, which appeared in the Bristol Collection, 1806, is also in Martineau’s Hymns for the Christian Church and Home, "When in the vale of lengthened years." Another and somewhat popular hymn by Rowe from the same Collection is “From the Table now retiring." After Holy Communion. For fuller details see Duffield's English Hymns, &c, 1886, p. 162.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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SICILIAN MARINERS is traditionally used for the Roman Catholic Marian hymn "O Sanctissima." According to tradition, Sicilian seamen ended each day on their ships by singing this hymn in unison. The tune probably traveled from Italy to Germany to England, where The European Magazine and London Review…