Remember, remember, the 5th of November

On this day in 1605, a plot to blow up England’s royal family failed and the conspirators were captured. Guy Fawkes, one of the leaders of the conspiracy, was imprisoned in the Tower of London before he was hanged, drawn and quartered. Today, the British commemorate the event as “Bonfire Night” and “Guy Fawkes Night,” with bonfires, Fawkes burned in effigy and fireworks (Here’s a listing of events). The conspiracy is also remembered in an English folk verse:

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!

A view out of the window slit in the Beauchamp Tower at the Tower of London.

A view from one of the cell’s at the Tower of London. Photo by Joe Newman

Photo of the Lewes Bonfire Night by Flickr user montpelier.

Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.

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