Hymn History: Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling   

When the world renowned lay preacher, Dwight Lyman Moody, lay on his death bed in his Northfield, Massa­chusetts, home, Will Thomp­son made a special visit to in­quire as to his condition. The attend­ing physician refused to admit him to the sick room, and Moody heard them talking just outside the bedroom door. Recognizing Thompson’s voice, he called for him to come to his bed­side. Tak­ng the Ohio po­et-composer by the hand, the dying evangelist said, “Will, I would ra­ther have written ‘Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling’ than anything I have been able to do in my whole life.

This  hymn  was  sung  in  the  Academy

Award  winning  movie  Trip  to Bountiful

(1985),  and  at  a  memorial  service  for

American   civil   rights   lead­er   Martin

Luther King Jr.,  at the Ebenezer Baptist

Church, Atlanta, Georgia, April 8, 1968.

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  • The Lyrics:  Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling

​​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.

Refrain
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?

Refrain
Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.

Refrain
O for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me..

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