Friday, 1 November 2013

Remember remember the 5th of November

As it's nearly Bonfire night I thought you might like to see this poem all about Guy Fawkes.  Bonfire night is celebrated by buildling a bonfire & letting off fireworks to celebrate the foiling of the plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament by the catholic Guy Fawkes.
As children we had great fun collecting pieces of wood to "build" the  bonfire and then making a " Guy" with old clothes to sit on top. As soon as it was dark the bonfire would be lit and then it would be time to light the fireworks and have fun with sparklers. Our parents and friends and neighbours would go round with baked potatoes & sausages and of course treacle toffee which did more than it's fair share of damage if you happened to have a filling in one of your teeth.
 I hope if you are having a bonfire or you are going to an organised Firework display that you all have a great time, but remember to stay safe!

  English Folk Verse (c.1870)
            
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!