Softly and Tenderly (1880)
Will Lamartine Thompson, 1847-1909
This hymn was inspired by the words of a prayer which the author overheard. It became popular through its use in the Dwight L. Moody revivals of the late 19th Century. It is said that Moody once told Thompson, “Will, I would have rather written ‘Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling’ than anything I have been able to do in my whole life.” The hymn was also the theme song for the 1985 Oscar-winning movie Trip to Bountiful.