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A hymn popular among many Protestant churches in the English-speaking world, and particularly well-known in Canada, but almost completely unknown to The Episcopal Church. This may in part be due to the phrase, "blood-red flag," which in the USA has connotations with The Alamo. There is no reason to think, however, that Jessie Adams had any such idea in mind. As a Pacifist Quaker from York, England, she probably primarily had in mind the passage from the Song of Solomon, 2:4 "let his banner over me be love," and perhaps also Isaiah 63:1, "Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength?" As a liberal Quaker, particularly interested in progressive education, she may also have been a Christian Socialist, which might give a further meaning to the red flag. But it was certainly not meant to be warlike. The hymn does in fact particularly suit services connected with mariners and the sea.

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The Retreat in York, founded by the Quakers in York, England in 1792, was the world's first institution at which the mentally ill were treated with respect and dignity
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