For the Red Cross
YE that have gentle hearts and fain
To succour men in need,
There is no voice could ask in vain
With such a cause to plead --
The cause of those that in your care,
Who know the debt to honour due,
Confide the wounds they proudly wear,
The wounds they took for you.
And yonder where the battle's waves
Broke yesterday o'erhead,
Where now the swift and shallow graves
Cover our English dead,
Think how your sisters play their part,
Who serve as in a holy shrine,
Tender of hand and brave of heart,
Under the Red Cross Sign.
Ah, by that symbol, worshipped still,
Of life-blood sacrificed,
That lonely Cross on Calvary's hill
Red with the wounds of Christ;
By that free gift to none denied,
Let Pity pierce you like a sword,
And love go out to open wide
The gate of life restored.
NotesReprinted by special permission of the proprietors of Punch.
Edwards, Mabel C. and Mary Booth, ed. THE FIERY CROSS: An Anthology of War Poems. London: Grant Richards Ltd., 1915.