Don't Go Down the Mine, Dad (Bamforth series 4583)

"Don't Go Down the Mine, Dad" was a set of four hand-coloured postcards published by Bamforth & Co. Ltd. of Holmfirth.

The text is based on the song "Don't Go Down in the Mine, Dad (A Little Child's Dream)", composed by Robert Donnelly (words) and Will Geddes (music).

The postcards were published as series number 4583. Other sets based on the same song but using different photographs include series numbers 4623, 4695, 4740, 4743 and 4999.

Don't Go Down the Mine, Dad (1/4)

A miner was leaving his home for his work,
When he heard his little child scream;
He went to his bedside, his little white face,
"Oh, Daddy, I've had such a dream:
I dreamt that I saw the pit all afire
And men struggled hard for their lives;
The scene it then changed, and the top of the mine
Was surrounded by sweethearts and wives."

Don't Go Down the Mine, Dad (2/4)

"Don't go down in the mine, Dad,
Dreams very often come true;
Daddy, you know it would break my heart
If anything happened to you;
Just go and tell my dream to your mates,
And as true as the stars the shine,
Something is going to happen to-day,
Dear Daddy, don't go down the mine!"

Don't Go Down the Mine, Dad (3/4)

The miner, a man with a heart good and kind,
Sat by the side of the son;
He said: "It's my living, I can't stay away,
For duty, my lad, must be done."
The little one look'd up, and sadly he said:
"Oh, please stay to-day with me, Dad!"
But as the brave miner went forth to his work,
He heard this appeal from his lad:—

Don't Go Down the Mine, Dad (4/4)

Whilst waiting his turn with his mates to descend
He could not banish his fears;
He return'd home again to his wife and his child,
Those words seem'd to ring through his ears.
And ere the day ended the pit was on fire,
When a score of brave men lost their lives;
He thank'd God above for the dream his child had,
As once more the little one cried:—


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