Webster 1913 Edition
In a soft manner.
Webster 1828 Edition
2.Not with force or violence; gently; as, be softly pressed my hand.
3.Not loudly; without noise; as, speak softly; walk softly. In this dark silence softly leave the town.
4.Gently; placidly. She softly lays him on a flowery bed.
5.Mildly; tenderly. The king must die; though pity softly pleads within my soul.