Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling—
  Calling for you and for me;
Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching—
  Watching for you and for me!
  Come home! come home!
  Ye 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, death-beds 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!

Koforidua, Ghana

This hymn speaks to the heart. My spirit is rekindled. Thanks be to God who inspired His men to touch lives with such inspirational songs. Jesus is indeed calling.

Tammy Groves

Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

Today as I took my shower to get ready to go to the Hospice house to be with my sister in law as she sat by her brothers side, all I kept hearing in my head.... I knew right then and there that God was calling my brother in law home... When I walked in the door my Brenda told me he had just passed away and he went ever so peacefully. Rest in peace George, you are finally home.

Arnold Guzman

Round Rock, TX, United States

This song means so much to me. When I was 13, this was the hymn that was playing in the background during a Sunday night church service back in 1976. At that very moment, I felt the tug at my heart from the Holy Sprint and walked to the front by myself to accept Jesus as my Savior. Within, 5 minutes I felt a hand on my left shoulder and it was my Mother and I felt a hand on my right shoulder and it was my Father. We all accepted Jesus as a family!

Guzman Family


Deer Park, TX, United States

I can remember this hymn from vacation bible school. I have never forgot it, it touched me then and still does today! I'm 36 so yes we listened to it lol

Melanie Gill

Dandridge, TN, United States

Have loved this song since I was a teenager.

David Noel

White Plains, New York, United States

Heard this for the first time yesterday at a convention in RI.

What a blessing ( Matthew 11:28-30, Mark 10:49)

Nelia Phiri

Lusaka, Zambia

It's such a beautiful hymn it touches my heart and calls me home and reminds me that am nothing but a sinner yet He still calls softly and tenderly.


Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Such a beautiful song, I first heard this sung by Elvis Presley and this in turn has led to me looking up the lyrics. He sung a fair bit of gospel and this is one of my favorite.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

This hymn has a very good melody. And when you listen, really listen, to the words you realize that there's also a wonderful message. "Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me..." When it's put like that, beautifully and simply, is it any wonder that so many people have responded to the hymn and answered that call? - Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919-91)

Tennessee Ernie's version has stanza #3 and stanza #4 interchanged in order, which may be more effective for altar call, but the original order is as has it. Ernie says it should be played not too slowly, flowing easily.


This hymn was sung in the Acad­e­my Award win­ning mo­vie "Trip to Boun­ti­ful" (1985), and at a me­mor­i­al ser­vice for Amer­i­can ci­vil rights lead­er Mar­tin Lu­ther King, at the Eb­e­ne­zer Bap­tist Church, At­lan­ta, Georg­ia, Ap­ril 8, 1968. - cyberhymnal


Chicago, IL, United States

I love this beautiful hymn. It always helps my love life!! :)