Guy Fawkes Night

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The Fifth of November

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

Today is the day that Britain celebrates a day of Thanksgiving that a dangerous plot to assassinate King James the First was foiled.  Guy Fawkes was found hoarding explosives beneath the House of Lords, bringing him a place in historical infamy. To celebrate, citizens were allowed to build bonfires. Days before the conspirators were executed, almost a year later parliament passed an observance of 5th November Act – otherwise known as  the Thanksgiving Act, giving everyone a free day to celebrate each year. Some remember Guy Fawkes as an attempted killer, some as a failed hero, either way it gives people another day during the year to celebrate, and what is life without a day to be thankful that we are indeed alive??

For a crash course in how those events played out feel free to watch V for Vendetta, but remember of course, as with all films, accuracy is NOT guaranteed and artistic license overshadows honesty. Hahaha!


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