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Thread #93184   Message #4201456
Posted By: Jim Dixon
23-Apr-24 - 02:14 PM
Thread Name: Origins/Tune/Chords: Step by Step
Subject: Lyr Add: THE WARNING BELL
This is the oldest dated copy I can find. Note: there are some differences, compared to the version attributed to Blanchard & Russell: the lack of repeats; one additional verse, and one less; and a couple of words.

From Puppet Show, No. 10, London: May 20, 1848, page 84:

[no author is given]

The world is on the move,
Look about!
There is much we may improve,
Never doubt;
And for all who understand,
A Warning-Bell at hand
May be heard throughout the land,
Ringing out.

The shadows that are found
We may scorn,
In the sunny rays around
They are born;
And as dawn succeeds to night,
So the rays of Freedom’s light
Turn the darkness of our sight
Into morn!

Though gloomy hearts despond
At the sky,
There’s a sun to shine beyond
Ere the vessel that we urge
Shall beneath the surface merge,
A beacon on the verge
Shall be nigh.

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

Brag and bluster float as froth
O’er the wave;
Gory treason, worse than both,
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!

Let us onward then for Right,
Nothing more;
And let Justice be the might
We adore.
Build no hopes upon the sand,
For a People hand-in-hand
Can make this a better land
Than before.