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.
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.