Softly and Tenderly

Song Notes

Will L. Thompson (1880)

I didn’t grow up singing this hymn. Certainly I’d heard it here and there, but the first time I remember strongly connecting with it was when I heard it in the movie Tender Mercies. It went all the way in, and it stayed with me.

 

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me
See on the portals he’s waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me

Come home, come home
Ye who are weary come home
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling O children, come home

Words and tune by Will L. Thompson, 1880
Public Domain

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