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 hymnary.org 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!