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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 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]

4 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]

United Methodist Hymnal, 1989

Author: Will L. Thompson

Will Lamartine Thompson (1847-1909) Born: November 7, 1847, East Li­ver­pool, Ohio. Died: Sep­tem­ber 20, 1909, New York, New York. Buried: Ri­ver­view Cem­e­te­ry, East Li­ver­pool, Ohio. Rebuffed in an ear­ly at­tempt to sell his songs to a com­mer­cial pub­lish­er, Thomp­son start­ed his own pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny. He lat­er ex­pand­ed, open­ing a store to sell pi­an­os, or­gans and sheet mu­sic. Both a lyr­i­cist and com­pos­er, he en­sured he would al­ways re­mem­ber words or mel­o­dies that came to him at odd times: "No mat­ter where I am, at home or ho­tel, at the store or tra­vel­ing, if an idea or theme comes to me that I deem wor­thy of a song, I jot it down in verse. In this… Go to person page >



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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #431
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Chalice Hymnal #340TextPage Scan
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Gather (3rd ed.) #963Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #850Page Scan
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Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #316
Hymns of Faith #347TextPage Scan
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #61Page Scan
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #769
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #101Text
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Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #301Page Scan
Rejoice Hymns #484
Renew! #147TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #287
Sing Joyfully #389TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #115Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #280
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #479TextPage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #6175TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #326TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #449TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #150
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The Worshiping Church #441TextFlexscorePage Scan
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #155TextPage Scan
Timeless Truths #946Text
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With One Voice #734TextPage Scan
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Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #209
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