Text: ANNIE S. HAWKES
Music: ROBERT LOWRY
Tune Name: NEED
Arrangement: BRADLEY HAMPTON
© 2014 Hamptones Music
Annie S. Hawkes (1835-1918): “One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular household tasks. Suddenly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, these words, ‘I Need Thee Every Hour,’ were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me.”
After her husband’s death, Hawkes wrote: “I did not understand at first why this hymn had touched the great throbbing heart of humanity. It was not until long after, when the shadow fell over my way, the shadow of a great loss, that I understood something of the comforting power in the words which I had been permitted to give out to others in my hour of sweet serenity and peace.”
After writing the lyrics, Hawkes gave them to her pastor, Robert Lowry (1826-1899), who added the tune and refrain. The hymn was first published at the National Baptist Sunday School Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, in November 1872.
This hymn so simply and beautifully states our dependency on the Lord in and for our life.