Saturday, November 5, 2011

Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes Day Poem


Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
'Twas his intent.
To blow up the King and the Parliament.

Three score barrels of powder below.
Poor old England to overthrow.
By God's providence he was catch'd,
With a dark lantern and burning match

Holloa boys, Holloa boys, let the bells ring
Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God save the King!

Hip hip Hoorah!
Hip hip Hoorah!

A penny loaf to feed ol' Pope,
A farthing cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down,
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar,
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head,
Then we'll say: ol' Pope is dead.



The movie V for Vendetta introduced a new item to the radical’s toolbox — the Guy Fawkes mask. Co-opted by Anonymous it has appeared at protests ranging from Occupy Wall Street to Scientology.

On November 5, 1605 Guy Fawkes was arrested via an anonymous tip while guarding an explosives cache underneath London’s House of Lords. This event to restore a Catholic king to the English throne was known forever more as the Gunpowder Plot. November 5 thereafter became known as Guy Fawkes Day. This traditional British poem was written in the 17th century.