Saturday, November 05, 2016

Remember, Remember


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! 

That's the only portion of this poem I have known up until now, however this year I came across the rest which I have to say I am not in complete agreeance with. 

    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!

21 comments:

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    1. The poem or the picky? I guess the poem, I was quite shocked :0)

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  2. Nice shot - I remember Guy Fawkes Day from my youth. Nobody in my part of the world has ever heard of it!

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    1. Thanks Al. I think the outings of my youth are what give me a fondness for this one; baked potatoes and tomato soup round the bonfire and the displays, when it was not all about big rockets and they used to have Catherine wheels, writing your name with sparklers in the air. Now the public all buy their own and each housing estate sounds like a war zone from between now and Christmas which as a dog owner is really naff. But I still like the day and like to remember the origins. I also still like a good bonfire and display.

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  3. Nice image. Nov 5th seems to be a tradition that has not been adopted by Australia.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Thanks Stewart, do you still celebrate it?

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  4. Nice shot! I miss Guy Fawkes' celebrations here in Sweden.

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    1. Thanks :0) I like the baked potatoes and tomato soup, and the bonfire best.

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  5. looks like glowing hair :)

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  6. Beautiful shot! Some of the poem could be contributed to the USA elections this year:)

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    1. Thank you and yes it really could.

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  7. The poem did me a bit of good in that it reminded me the world has survived bad times before. The photo is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for your great comment and I am glad it helped a little.

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  8. I love the photo-image used for this post ...

    All the best Jan

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  9. Dancin' -- As you;ve been a part of Creative Tuesdays for a while now on our recent challenges, Ive added you to the side bar as a regular contributor. As I don;t have your real name, I've simply used the moniker you sign up with. Thank you so much for your contributions and hope you are well.

    Speaking of bonfire Night, it was a literal wash out in Scarborough. None did anything. Far too cold and rainy! Hope yours was a tad better. :)

    BTW, the new theme is finally up now!

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    1. Thanks Michael that's wonderful! I am planning my next piece already :0)

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