When I Leave the World Behind (Bamforth series 5013)

"When I Leave the World Behind" was a set of three hand-coloured postcards published by Bamforth & Co. Ltd. of Holmfirth.

The text is based on the song "When I Leave the World Behind" written by Irving Berlin.[1]

The postcards were published as series number 5013.

When I Leave the World Behind (1/3)

I know a millionaire who's burdened down with care,
A load is on his mind, he's thinking of the day
When he must pass away, and leave his wealth behind.
I haven't any gold to leave when I grow old,
Somehow it passed me by; I'm very poor, but still
I'll leave a precious will when I must say good-bye.

When I Leave the World Behind (2/3)

I'll leave the sunshine to the flowers, I'll leave the springtime to the trees,
And to the old folks I'll leave the mem'ries of a baby upon their knees;
I'll leave the night-time to the dreams, I'll leave the songbirds to the blind;
I'll leave the moon above to those in love,
When I leave the world behind, when I leave the world behind.

When I Leave the World Behind (3/3)

To ev'ry wrinkled face, I'll leave a fire-place,
To paint their fav'rite scene within the golden rays—
Scenes of the childhood days, when they were sweet sixteen.
I'll leave them each a song to sing the whole day long,
As toward the end they plod; to ev'ry broken heart
With sorrow torn apart, I'll leave the love of God.


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