1 Your burden is heavy, your pathway is drear, And vainly you seek for comfort and cheer; Your heart is oppressed and beclouded with fear,— A personal Savior is just what you need. Refrain: Just what you need, just what you need— A friend who is mindful, who cares for His won, Who never will leave you in sorrow alone,— A personal Savior is just what you need. 2 In search of the pleasures of earth you have strayed, And, lost in the dark, your soul is afraid; You want to live better, yet still are dismayed,,— A personal Savior is just what you need. [Refrain] 3 The path you have trod was a highway of care, That led you away from all that was fair; Sin promised you much, but the end is despair,— A personal Savior is just what you need. [Refrain] 4 Let Jesus befriend you, Oh, soul of unrest, A refuge is He for all the oppressed; And they who rely upon Him shall be blest,— A personal Savior is just what you need. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: James S. Apple.
James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >