The Pardon Came Too Late (Bamforth series 4829)

"The Pardon Came Too Late" was a set of three hand-coloured postcards published by Bamforth & Co. Ltd. of Holmfirth.

The text is based on the song composed by Paul Dresser.[1]

The postcards were published as series number 4829.

The Pardon Came Too Late (1)

A fair-haired boy in a foreign land, at sunrise was to die;
In a prison cell he sat alone, from his heart there came a sigh;
Deserted from the ranks they said, the reason none could say
They only knew the orders were that he should die next day.
And as the hours glided by, a messenger on wings did fly,
To save this boy from such a fate, a pardon, but it came too late.

The Pardon Came Too Late (2)

The volley was fired at sunrise, just after break of day,
And while the echoes lingered, a soul had passed away
Into the arms of his Maker, and there to hear his fate,
A tear, a sigh, a sad good-bye, the pardon came too late.
 
 

The Pardon Came Too Late (3)

And round the camp fire burning bright, the story then was told,
How his mother on a dying bed called for her son so bold;
He hastened to obey her wish, was captured on the way;
She never saw her boy, so fair, he died at break of day.
And when the truth at last was known, his innocence was at once shown,
To save from such an unjust fate, a pardon sent, but 'twas too late.

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