Monday, November 5, 2007

Remember, Remember

Remember, remember the fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot.
I know of no reason
Why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

Did anyone in America remember that old nursery rhyme before the movie "V" came out? They still celebrate Guy Fawkes Day over in England with fireworks and everything! I had actually heard of the poem before, I think it was in one of my literature books I had in high school...anyway, I'll not rehash what exactly it was that Guy Fawkes did (tried to blowup Parliament) but I did track down the whole poem including a verse that is generally left out!

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent
To blow up King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's 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!

(Traditionally the following verse was also sung, but it has fallen out of favour because of its content.)

A penny loaf to feed the Pope
A farthing o' 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.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah hoorah!


Art Kilmer said...

Um, yeah, I can kinda see why the last verse wasn't too popular... All I can say is WOW...

Joel said...

Well I think the third verse is more understandable when you realize that the Guy Fawkes plot was a group of Roman Catholics trying to blow up the Protestant-dominated parliament with the Protestant king inside?