Softly And Tenderly

 

 

 

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About the Song…

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“Softly and Tenderly,” which was originally known as “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling,” is a classic invitation hymn from the 19th century. It was written by Will Lamartine Thompson (1847-1909) who was a composer of the gospel, secular, and patriotic songs.

Due to his earlier songs being rejected, Thompson formed his own music publishing company, and “Softly and Tenderly” was first published in a collection titled Sparkling Gems, Nos. 1 and 2. It quickly became a popular hymn and was incorporated into many church hymnals.

Thompson was inspired to devote himself to writing while attending a meeting by popular evangelist Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899). When Moody was dying in the hospital he told Thompson, “Will, I would rather have written ‘Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling’ than anything I have been able to do in my whole life.”

https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/1027

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
Revelation 1:7

Lyrics

 

 

Softly and tenderly Jesus is Calling

(Jesus is calling)

Calling for you and for me

See at heart’s portal He’s waiting and watching

Watching for you and for me

 

Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight

Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm

In celestial like strains it unceasingly falls

Over my soul like an infinite calm

 

Peace, peace wonderful peace

Coming down from the Father above

Sweep over my spirit forever I pray

In fathomless billows of love

 

Weary soul without gladness, or comfort, or rest

Passing down the rough pathways of time

Make the Savior your friend ‘ere the shadows grow dark

O, accept of His peace so sublime

 

Come home, come home

Ye who are weary come home

Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling

Calling O, sinner come home

 

Why should we tarry while Jesus is pleading

Pleading for you and for me

Why should we linger and heed not His mercies

Mercies for you and for me

 

Think of the wonderful love He has promised

Promised for you and for me

O, though we have sinned He has mercy and pardon

Pardon for you and for me

 

Come home, come home

Ye who are weary come home

 

Peace, peace wonderful peace

Coming down from the Father above

Sweep over my spirit forever I pray

In fathomless billows of love

 

Peace, peace wonderful peace

Coming down from the Father above

Sweep over my spirit forever I pray

In fathomless billows of love

 

O, wonderful peace, peace

Peace, peace

 

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