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.

“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: 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; Invitation (3 more...)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: "Come home, come home!
Tune Information
Composer: Will L. Thompson (1880)
Meter: with refrain
Key: G Major or modal

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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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