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Thread #93184   Message #4201455
Posted By: Jim Dixon
23-Apr-24 - 12:15 PM
Thread Name: Origins/Tune/Chords: Step by Step
Subject: Lyr Add: THE WORLD IS ON THE MOVE (Blanchard...)
From Davidson's Complete Collection of the Songs, Scenas, &c. of Henry Russell
[edited by George Henry Davidson] (London: The Music-Publishing Company, [1852]), page 82:

Words by F. L. Blanchard, music by Henry Russell

THE world is on the move,—
   Look about, look about;
There is much we may improve,—
   Do not doubt, do not doubt;
And, for all who understand,
May be heard, throughout the land,
A gloomy warning voice at hand,
   Ringing out, ringing out.

Though gloomy hearts despond,
   At the sky, at the sky,
There's a sun to shine beyond,
   By-and-by, by-and-by.
Ere the vessel that we urge
Shall beneath the surface merge,
A beacon on the verge
   Shall be nigh, shall be nigh.

Step by step, the longest march
   Can be done, can be done;
Single stones can form an arch,
   One by one, one by one:
And, with union, what we will
Can be accomplish'd still,—
Drops of water turn a mill;
   Singly, none! singly, none!

Brag and bluster, float as froth,
   O'er the wave, o'er the wave;
Gory treason, worse than both,
   Fools may rave, fools may rave;
But the honest hands that link
With the solemn heads that think,
And for pikes use pen and ink,
   Are the brave, are the brave!

Let us onward, then, for right,—
   Nothing more, nothing more;
And let justice be the might
   We adore, we adore.
Build no hopes upon the sand!
For a people hand-in-hand
Can make this a better land
   Than before, than before.

Our country's bless'd with all,—
   Look around, look around;
No tyranny nor bloodshed
   Here is found, here is found:—
So with heart and voice we'll cheer
The Queen we love so dear:
Let her reign in peace, not fear
   From those around, those around.

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Here is a poster, from the Victoria and Albert Museum, advertising a performance by Henry Russell, in which The World is on the Move is mentioned. It also says, at the bottom: “Correct Books of the Words, Sixpence each, to be had in the Theatre.” May we assume this is the above-mentioned book?

Musical notation of the melody line can seen in One Hundred Songs, Music and Words, by Henry Russell (London: Davidson, [1860?]), page 31.

The Library of Congress has a report that The World is on the Move was sung at a temperance convention in New York in 1853.