[Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling]

Composer: 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 >

Tune Information

Composer: Will L. Thompson (1880)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 32117 12166 51113
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain


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.

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #312
Text: Softly and Tenderly
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #190
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The Cyber Hymnal #6175
Text: Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
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The United Methodist Hymnal #348
Text: Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
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Worship and Rejoice #348
Text: Softly and Tenderly


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