Sunday, November 24, 2013

"The Red Cross" by Rev. Joseph C. Booth (1917)

The Red Cross.

Dedicated to the American Red Cross Society.


"Red Cross!" How grand the name! how grand the cause!

The wounded sailor's never-failing friend;

The dying soldier's comfort to the end.

Lo! nurses enter war's huge battle-jaws,

Amidst the barking demons, human laws

Ignore, and to the fallen soldiers lend

Their speedy aid, their strength and skill expend:

While heaven, approving, shakes with loud applause!

The blood-red cross is God's benignant star;

Symbol of mercy in a world of strife;

Its mission to relieve distress and pain.

It knows no hostile foe, or racial bar;

No rank, or dignity, but human life—

The only thing in warfare that's humane!

The Troy Times. June 20, 1917

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