418. Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling

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1 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!”

2 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]

3 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. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Title: Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
Author: Will L. Thompson (1880)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 11.7.11.7 with refrain
Scripture: Isaiah 55:7; Matthew 11:28; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 15:11-32; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 3:20; Revelation 22:17
Topic: Confession; Forgiveness; Invitation3 more...
Language: English
Refrain First Line: "Come home, come home!
Tune Information
Name: SOFTLY AND TENDERLY
Composer: Will L. Thompson (1880)
Meter: 11.7.11.7 with refrain
Key: G Major or modal


Text Information:

This 19th-century gospel hymn has often been used as a hymn of invitation at evangelistic services. Its imagery is primarily based on Jesus’ parable in Luke 15:11–32, commonly called “The Prodigal Son.” Each singer thus becomes a wandering child who is urged to return home.


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