The Mernie Project

The Return of the Mernie Project no. 11.2 Softly & Tenderly #themernieproject no.11.2

My mother is 80 years old now and still plays her upright Steinway, a precious gift from my late father, like a youngster. I’m trying to record her piano playing for our family and friends by doing it one-hymn-at-a-time. Hence #themernieproject. This installment is no. 11.2 because I can’t count and it should have been no. 12. Although I don’t take after my mother musically, I do resemble her mathematically ~ it’s uncanny.

Softly and Tenderly was written by Will L. Thompson in 1880 according to and here are the lyrics from the same;

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!

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