Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes

Guy Fawkes Rhymes and Bonfire Night Old Chants Being used hundreds of years, children and adults, have memorised each year the Gunpowder Plot song, Famously known Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants, It is standard for our children in schools and home life early in their life, to remind them of fifth of November.

Guy Fawkes Rhyme

Vastly known Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chant

Remember, remember the fifth of November – Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason, why the gunpowder treason should never be forgotten. Guy Fawkes Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent To blow up king and parliament. Three score barrels were laid below To prove old England’s overthrow.By God’s mercy, he was catch’d With a darkened lantern and burning match. So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring. Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king. And what shall we do with him? Burn him!


Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot! A stick or a stake for King James’ sake Will you please to give us a faggot If you can’t give us one, we’ll take two; The better for us and the worse for you!


Guy Fawkes, Guy Stick him up on high, Hang him on a lamp post And there let him die. Guy,Guy,Guy, Poke Him in the eye, Put him on the fire And there let him die Burn his body from his head Then you’ll say Guy Fawkes is dead Hip, Hip, Hooray!
-Folkestone, Opie op.cit. p 281.


Rumour, rumour, pump and Derry, Prick his heart and burn his body, And send his soul to Purgatory.

Local Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants

For more than 400 years local regions across the Uk, had made their own rhyme up. here are a few to try remember for this Bonfire night.

Northamptonshire:
Gunpowder treason! Gunpowder treason! Gunpowder treason plot! I know no reason Why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgotten Guy Fox and his companions Did the scheme contrive To blow the King and Parliament All up alive! But by Gods providence, him they catch. With a dark lantern, lighting a match Hollo boys! Hollo, boys! make the bells ring Hollo boys! Hollo, boys! God save the King”
-1873Wiltshires Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
My brave lads remember, The fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot; We will drink, smoke and sing, boys, And our bells they shall ring, boys, And here’s health to our King, boys, For he shall not be forgot.

-Everyday book, 1827, vol.ii. p.1379

Worcestershire’s Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
“Don’t you remember the 5th of November Is gunpowder treason and plot? I don’t see the reason why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgotten A stick and a stake, for Queen Victoria’s Sake I pray master give us a faggit If you don’t give us one well take two The better for us and the worse for you”

-1892, sung to thumping of sticks on the ground at keywords Plot, forgot and faggit


Westmorelands Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
I pray you remember the fifth of November Gunpowder treason and plot; The king and his train had like to be slain- I hope this they’ll ne’er be forgot. All the boys, all the boys, let the bells ring! All the boys, al the boys, God save the king! A stick and a stake for King Jamie’s sake,- I hope you’ll remember the bonfire!

-N.&Q. 4th S. vol. vii.p.32


Oxfordshires Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
The fifth of November Since I can remember, Gunpowder treason and plot; This was the day the plot was contriv’d To blow up the King and Parliament alive; But God’s mercy did prevent
To save our King and his Parliament.

A stick and a stake For King Jame’s sake! If you won’t give me one, I’ll take two, The better for me And the Worse for you.

A pennorth of bread to feed the Pope A pennyworth of cheese to choke him; A pint of beer to wash it down, And a good old faggot to burn him.
– Halliwell’s Pop. Rhymes, 1849, pp.253,254.(a wood gathering or going a-progging chant.)

Don’t you know ‘tis the fifth of November Gunpowder Plot. We’re come to beg A stick or a stake, for King George’s sake If you won’t give us one well take two
Then ricket a racket your door shall go.


Remember, remember, the fifth of November traditional Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
Gunpowder treason and plot I see no reason why Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgotten A stick and a stake For King Georges sake Holla boys holla make the town ring
Holla boys holla boys God boys God save the King”

-1903


Remember Remember The Fifth of November. The Gunpowder treason and plot; I see no reason Why Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgotten. Guy Fawkes. Guy Fawkes, ‘Twas his intent To blow up the King and the Parliament;
Three score barrels of powder below Poor old England to overthrow; By God’s providence he was catch’d With a dark lantern and burning match. Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring,
Hulloa boys hulloa boys, God Save the King!-Lewes, The Cliffe.

A penny loaf to feed the Pope, A farthing O’ cheese to choke him, A pint of beer to rinse it down, A faggot of sticks to burn him! Burn him in a tub of tar, Burn him like a blazing star. Burn his body from his head. Then we’ll say old Pope is dead! Hip, hip, Hoo-r-r-ray
– Lewes, The Cliffe

Remember Remember The Fifth of November The Gunpowder Treason and Plot I’ll tell you a reason why Jesuit Treason Should never be forgot

If there hadn’t been given protection from Heaven To the Parliament Houses and Throne When the Pope to the flames had devoted King James They had all to destruction been blown

Then ever let England her gratitude show To the Power that averted that terrible blow, In thanksgiving to God our voices we’ll raise To Him be the glory, to Him be the praise.

And thus was remembered the fifth of November The Jesuit Treason and Plot For should Popery reign we may have it again, So let Protestants say, IT SHALL NOT!!

Shout boys shout! let the ring bells ring – Down with the Jesuits and GOD SAVE THE KING
-Source Cited John Geering (Programme Book Waterloo B.s. 1998)


Nottinghamshire’s Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
Please to remember The fifth of November Old Guy Faux And gunpowder plot Shall never be forgot, While Nottingham Castle stands upon a rock

-Long Ago, 1873, vol i. p.338.(Clifton)


Yorkshires Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
Gunpowder Plot shall never be forgot As long as Bells Brown sells Tom Trot.

-1892 (a type of toffee)

Guy Fawkes, Guy Stick him up on high, Hang him on a lamp post And there let him die.

Guy,Guy,Guy, Poke Him in the eye, Put him on the fire And there let him die
-Opie op.cit. p 281.

The herrings come to see the bonfires on Guy Fawkes Day
-Sussex,1883 Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes