Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling Hymn History
It is an open secret that there has been an interchange or sharing of tunes between the outside world and Christian music. This may surprise some Christians who want "pure music". Today's hymn Softly and Tenderly is an example of that interchange.
Softly and Tenderly was composed using an old American folk song around 1880. The author of this hymn is Will L Thompson, a composer of gospel, secular and patriotic songs.
It should be noted, however, that had it not been for the author's persistence this song would not have seen the light of day. Mr. Thompson was actually forced to start his own music publishing company after having his songs rejected.
It is from this company that this hymn, Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling was published as part of other songs.
It is reported that when the famous evangelist Dwight L Moody was on his deathbed 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".
|Will L Thompson|
Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling Lyrics
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,
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?
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.
Oh, 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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Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling Video
Below is a youtube video of Alan Jackson singing this song.