Wednesday, June 20, 2007

WWI Nurses

I am jsut finishing reading a wonderful book - Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.
A lot of intersting things about being a British nurse in WWI.
My mom was an Army Nurse in WWII. She never talked much about it.
But this book led me to the lyrics of this song which touched me:

THE ROSE OF NO MAN'S LAND(Jack Caddigan / James A. Brennan)William Thomas - 1916Henry Burr
1918Charles Hart
1919Hugh Donovan (a.k.a. Charles Harrison)
1919

I've seen some beautiful flowers
Grow in life's garden fair
I've spent some wonderful hours
Lost in their fragrance rare
But I have found another
Wondrous beyond compare....

There's a rose that grows in no-man's land
And it's wonderful to see
Though its sprayed with tears, it will live for years
In my garden of memory

It's the one red rose the soldier knows
It's the work of the Master's hand
'Neath the War's great curse stands a Red Cross nurse
She's the rose of no-man's land

Out in the heavenly splendour
Down to the trail of woe
God in his mercy has sent her
Fearing the World below
We call her Rose of Heaven
We've longed to love her so....

There's a rose that grows in no-man's land
And it's wonderful to see
Though its sprayed with tears, it will live for years
In my garden of memory
It's the one red rose the soldier knows
It's the work of the Master's hand
'Neath the War's great curse stands a Red Cross nurse
She's the rose of no-man's land

(Transcribed by Mel Priddle - June 2004)
retrieved June 20, 2007 from http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/t/theroseofnomansland.shtml

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