The Miner's Dream of Home (Bamforth series 4729)
"The Miner's Dream of Home" was a set of four hand-coloured postcards published by Bamforth & Co. Ltd. of Holmfirth.
The text is based on the song "The Miner's Dream of Home" by lyricist Leo Dryden and composer Will Godwin, published by Francis, Day & Hunter of London in 1891.
Bamforth's also published a set of magic lantern slides based on the song.
The postcards were published as series number 4729.
The Miner's Dream of Home (1/4)
- It is ten weary years since I left England's shore,
- In a far distant country to roam,
- How I long to return to my own Native land—
- To my friends and the old folks at home!
- Last night, as I slumbered, I had a strange dream,
- One that seemed to bring distant friends near,—
- I dreamt of Old England, the land of my birth,
- To the heart of her sons ever dear!
The Miner's Dream of Home (2/4)
- I saw the old homestead, and faces I love—
- I saw England's valleys and dells;
- I listened with joy, as I did when a boy,
- To the sound of the old village bells,
- The log was burning brightl—
- 'Twas a night that should banish all sin,
- For the bells were rining the old year out,
- And the new year in.
The Miner's Dream of Home (3/4)
- While the joyous bells rang, swift I wended my way
- To the cot where I lived when a boy;
- And I looked in the window — Yes! there, by the fire,
- Sat my parents! — my heart filled with joy,
- The tears trickled fast down my bronzed, furrowed cheek,
- As I gazed on my mother so dear,
- I knew in my heart she was raising a pray'r
- For the boy whom she dreamt not was near!
The Miner's Dream of Home (4/4)
- At the door of the cottage we met face to face—
- 'Twas the first time for ten weary years;
- Soon the past was forgotten — we stood hand-in-hand—
- Father, mother, and wand'rer in tears!
- Once more in the fire-place the oak log burns bright,
- And I promised no more would I roam;
- As I sat in the old vacant chair by the hearth,
- And I sand the dear song — "Home, sweet home!"