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Remember, Remember, the 5th of November

Updated: Oct 4, 2019


Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.


Starting about this time of each year up until the 5th of November the old Guy Fawkes Rhyme, Remember, Remember the Fifth of November always comes to mind. Some may think that they are not familiar with the rhyme, but I would almost bet that at least they have heard bits and pieces of it along the way as it has been written and rewritten in various forms of the rhyme over the last few hundred years, to being used in radio broadcasts of the old Sherlock Holmes series with Basil Rathbone to even the Moore novel V for Vendetta and the film in 2006 bearing the same name.


There really was a Guy Fawkes who attempted the Gunpowder Treason and Plot to blow up the King, King James I and Parliament on the 5th of November 1605, along with his fellow conspirators, but it was stopped, but the failed Gunpowder Treason and Plot has always been remembered and celebrated for all these years in the UK.


Guy Fawkes day is celebrated across the UK every year on the 5th of November and you always hear the Guy Fawkes rhyme being recited.


The Guy Fawkes Rhyme


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, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent

To blow up the King and Parli'ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below,

Poor old England to overthrow;

By God's providence he was catch'd (or by God's mercy*)

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

And what should we do with him? Burn him!


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