Angel of Mercy: Clara Barton
Children's Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Clara Barton (1821-1912) lived her life in almost constant service to others. She is best known as the founder of The American Red Cross.
When the Civil War erupted, she learned that much suffering at the front was caused by scarcity of supplies. Single-handedly, she organized supply depots and later served as a nurse. She was sometimes called the "angel of the battlefield."
Throughout her much of her life she helped people in need by rushing to various hurricane, flood, famine, sickness and war emergencies. She was a woman of great courage and perseverance.
Angel, Angel of mercy, heart of gold --
Unselfishly giving, courageous and bold
Modest and painfully shy
An angel determined to fly
Giving hope and strength to the needy
Angel, miracle woman, lady in red,
You could have remained with your teaching instead.
You did all you could do and more
Nursing the soldiers wounded in war.
Wherever you went they knew you were heaven-sent,
Angel of mercy.
It was your calling to serve.
It was your calling to lead.
So you overcame your shyness
'Cause there were people in need.
As a result of your compassion
And your self-control,
Became your heart and your soul.
Angel, Angel of mercy, heart of gold.
Unselfishly giving, courageous and bold.
You were true to your call
As you gave your all.
Inspiration, heart of a nation,
Angel of mercy.
When there are people in need of a helping hand,
The Red Cross is there to make a stand.
Patron and founder, you did all you could do --
Angel of Mercy, still shining through.
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