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.
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25 Vastly known Guy Fawkes Rhymes
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 cached 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.
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” -1873
Wiltshires 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!
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
Derbyshires Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Remember, remember, Th’ fifth o’ November, Th’ gunpowder plot. Shall ne’er be forgot! Pray gi a bit o’ coal, Ter stick in th’ bun-fire hole! A stick an’ a stake For King George’s sake–
A stowp an a reel, Or else wey’ll steal – Long Ago 1873, vol i p. 338
Kents Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
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.
Lancashire Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
We come cob o’coaling for Bonfire time, Your coal and your money we hope you’ll enjoy, Fol-di-day, fol-di-day, fol-di-diddle-i-do-day, Down in yon cellar, there’s an old um-ber-ella,
And in yonder corner ther’s an old pepper pot (or box) Pepper pot, pepper pot morning till neet, If you give us nowt, we’steal nowt, But wish you good neet!
(Oldham, Opie, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, Oxford, Clarendon,1961.) A chumping, wooding or cob coaling chant used when collecting burnables for the fire.
Cob Coaling Song from the Watersons Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
We come a cob a coalin’, come a coalin’, come a coalin’ We come a cob a coalin’ on/(for) Bon Fire Night.
We come a cob-coalin’ on/(for) Bon Fire Night For coal and for money we hope you’ll set right,
Fol the ray, fall the ray, fol the riddle-ee-I dum day. Now the first house we come to is an old cobbler’s shop, with nought on his cornice but an old pepper pot,
Pepper pot, ball of wax morning to night, If you give us nowt, we’ll take nowt, farewell and good night. Now me father is dead. He’s dead and he’s gone, Attention to his grave.
Hello boys, hello boys, let the bells ring, Fire boys, fire boys, fire we sing.
The fifth of November we hope you’ll remember for gunpowder treason and plot, I see no reason for Gunpowder treason to ever be forgot.
Oh we, Come a cob a coalin’, come a coalin’, come a coalin’, We come a cob a coalin’ on Bon Fire Night.
Oldham Tinkers- add a verse:
We knock at your knocker, and ring at your bell, To see what you’ll give us for singing so well,
(Iona and Peter Opie, 1992: 120 identify this excerpt as a ditty used by Christmas carolers!)
This verse follows the verse about the cobbler.
They also have a chant which they recite after they insert before the above
Up a ladder, down a wall, a cob a call ‘ll save us all If you haven’t got a penny, a ‘apenny will do, If you haven’t got a ‘apenny, God bless you
-A song from the Lancashire and Yorkshire border associated with Bonfire Night. it might have been part of a mummers Play. A.L. Lloyd found the song for the Watersons in the 1960s.
Bonfire night, the stars are bright Every little angel dressed in white. Can you eat a biscuit? Can you smoke a pipe? Can you go a – courting At ten o’clock at night?
-Opie, op.cit. p.282. Blacburn, Lancs.
Lincolnshire’s Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Remember, remember The fifth o’ November! Guy and his companion’s plot: We’re going to blow the Parliament up! By God’s mercy we wase catcht, With a dark lantern an’ lighted match! -Long Ago, 1873, vol. i. p. 338.
London Covent Gardens Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Remember, Remember The Fifth Of November Gunpowder, Treason and plot We see no reason Why gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot
Guy Fawkes, Guy With his lantern so sly Got into parliament house. -1836 Theater Broadside advertising Harlequin Guy Fawkes a Pantomime Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes.
Gentlefolks, pray Remember this day: Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
‘Tis with kind notice we bring The figure of sly And villanous Guy, Who wanted to murder the king. By powder and store, He bitterly swore, As he skulk‘d in the walls to repair, The parliament, too, By him and his crew, Should all be blowed up in the air. But James, very wise, Did the Papists surprise, As they plotted the cruelty great,
He know‘d their intent, So Suffolk he sent To save both kingdom and state, Guy Fawkes he was found With a lantern underground, And soon was the traitor bound fast: And they swore he should die,
So they hung him up high, And burnt him to ashes at last. So we, once a-year, Come round without fear, To keep up remembrance of this day; While assistance from you May bring a review Of Guy Fawkes a-blazing away.
So hollo, boys! hollo, boys! Shout and huzza; So hollo, boys! hollo, boys! Keep up this day! So hollo, boys! hollo, boys! And make the bells ring! Down with the Pope, and God save the Queen! Pray, gentlefolks, pray Remember this day, At which kind notice we bring This figure of sly, Old, villanous Guy, He wanted to murder the king. With powder in store, He bitterly swore
By him in the vaults to compare, By him and his crew, And parliament, too, Should all be blow‘d up in the air. So please to remember The fifth of November, The gunpowder treason and plot, I see no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot. So hollo, boys! hollo, boys! Shout out the day! Hollo, boys! hollo, boys! Hollo, Hurrah!
Spurgeon Version “Remember, remember, The fifth of November, Old Spurgeon‘s treason and plot! ”
Russian Tsar Version… Poke an ingun in his eye— A squib shove up his nose, sirs; Then roast him till he‘s done quite brown, And Nick to old Nick goes, sirs.
-Henry Mayhew. London Labour and the London Poor Vol 3. London. Griffin, Bohn and Company, Stationer’s Hall Court, 1851.
Market Rasens Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Please to remember The Fifth of November, The poor old guy With a hole in his stocking A hole in his hat where his hair comes through. If you haven’t got a penny a halfpenny will do, If you haven’t got a halfpenny God bless you. – Opie op.cit. p282
Northamptons Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Guy Fawkes, Guy Hit him in the eye, Hang him on a lamp-post And leave him there to die. Umbrella down the cellar There I saw a naked fella Burn his body, save his soul, Please give me a lump of coal; If a lump of coal won’t do, Please give me a ha’penny, Then up and down the Drapery, Round and round the Market Square, Till I get to Marefair, Where I’ll spend my ha’penny, Guy Fawkes, Guy. – Opie, op.cit. p.282
Aberdeens Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chant
A penny for the guy, A penny for the guy, A big umbrella And a flashy tie. The guy, the guy, Pin him in the eye; Stick him up a lamp post, Don’t let him die – Opie, op.cit.p.282.
Bradfields Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Cake, cake, cake; Copper copper,copper. Oil boiler roaster, A bit of bread and toaster. Hole in my stocking. Hole in my shoe, Hole in my hat Where my hair peeps through, If you haven’t got a copper, Silver will do. If you haven’t got a silver, God bless you. -Joanne Frost, eleven, Bradfield Comprehensive School, Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.3.
Bonfire night when the stars shine bright Three little angels dressed in white One with a fiddle, one with a drum One with a pancake stuck to its bum
– Jane Curry, Eleven, Bradfield Comprehensive School.,Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.11.
Barnsleys Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chant
Remember, remember the Fifth of November Bangers and rockets and Catherine wheels, too The wind, the wind, the wind blows high, Just like the old woman who lived in the shoe.
-Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.10.
Smithies Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chant
Penny for the guy Or I will kick you in the eye And kick you in the thigh And I will get you on the foot And kick you even more.
-Craig Bamford, eleven, Wisewood Comprehensive School,Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.14.
Wisewood Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chant
A banger, a banger, a boom, boom, boom! A rocket, a rocket, zoom, zoom, zoom! A sparkler, SSSSSSSSSSSHH! -Eil Eady, fourteen, Wisewood Comprehensive School.,Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.p.14.
St Catherines School – (to the tune of Clementine):
Build a bonfire, build a bonfire. Put the teacher on the top. Put the prefect in the middle And we’ll burn the blooming’ lot.
-Mark Thompson, ten, St. Catherine’s School.,Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.13. Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
The North of England Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Happy was the man And happy was the day, That caught Guy Going to his play, With a dark lanthorn And a brimstone match Ready for the prime to touch.
As I was going through the dark entry I spied the devil Stand back! Stand back! Queen Mary’s daughter. Put your hand in your pocket, And give us some money To kindle our bonfire. Hurrah.
-Brand’s Pop. Antiq. 1849, vol i p. 308.
An Agreeable Companion, 1742:
Don’t you Remember The Fifth of November, ‘Twas Gun-Powder Treason Day, I let of my Gun, And made ’em all run. And Stole all their bonfire away.
-Opie, op.cit. p.282 Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
The Jacobite Relics of Scotland 1816: Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
Let the Whigs remember the fifth of November – Opie, op.cit. p.282 Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
The Children’s Friend, 1825:
Remember, remember, The Fifth of November, The gunpowder treason and plot; The king and his train Had like to be slain, And I hope it will ne’er be forgot
-Opie, op.cit. p.282 Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
Fawkes Day – (Yorkshire): Traditional Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
A Stick and a stake, For King James’s sake. Please give us a coil,(1) a coil.
Awd Grimey sits upon yon hill, As black as onny awd craw. He’s gotten on his long grey coat Wi’ buttons doon afoor. He’s gotten on his long grey coat Wi’ buttons doon afoor.
-(1673-1915) and Traditional Poems Compiled with an Historical Introduction by F. W. Moorman (Professor of English Language, University of Leeds) London Published for the Yorkshire Dialect Society by Sidgwick and Jackson, Ltd., 1916, 1917
Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
I sing a doleful tragedy—Guy Fawkes, the Prince of Sinisters, Who once blew up the House of Lords, the King, and all his Ministers; That is—he would have blown them up, and folks will ne’er forget him— His will was good to do the deed-that is, if they’d have let him!Chorus- Bow, wow, wow Tol lol de riddle lol de rol lol deray.
He straightway came from Lambeth side, and wish’d the State was undone, And crossing over Vauxhall Bridge, that way com’d into London; That is- he would have come that way to perpetrate his guilt, sirs, But a little thing prevented him- the bridge it was not built, sirs.
Then searching through the dreary vaults, with portable gas-light, sirs, About to touch the powder train, at witching hour of night, sirs, That is—I mean, he would have used the gas, but was prevented, ‘Cause gas, you see, in James’s time, it had not been invented
And when they caught him in the fact, so very near the Crown’s end, They straightway sent to Bow Street for that brave old runner Townshend; That is—they would have sent for him—for fear he is no starter at— But Townshend wasn’t living then-he wasn’t born till after that.
So then they put poor Guy to death, for ages to remember, And boys now kill him once a-year, in dreary, dark November; That is—I mean his effigy, for truth is strong and steady—
Poor Guy they cannot kill again, because he’s dead already.
Then bless her Gracious Majesty, and bless her Royal Son, sirs — And may he never get blown up, if to the Throne he comes, sirs; And if he lives, I’m sure he’ll reign, so prophecies my song, sirs — And if he don’t, why then he won’t, and so I can’t be wrong, sirs.
– Johnson Ballads 2539 Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
A new Speech for the 5th of November on the Downfall of Guy Fawkes Broadside: Printed and sold by D. Batchelar, Hackney Road, London.
Good gentlefolks, pray Remember this day, Which to your kind notice we bring; Here’s the figure of sly Old villainous Guy, Who wanted to murder the King: With powder a store, He bitterly swore,
As he sulked in the vault to prepare, How the Parliament too, By him and his crew, Should all be blown up to the air, So please to remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot;
We know no reason why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.
But James, very wise, Did the Papists surprise, Who plotted the cruelty great; He guess’d their intent, And Suffolk was sent, Who sav’d both the kingdom and state,
With a lantern was found Guy Fawkes underground, And quick was the traitor bound fast; They said he should die – So hang him up high, And burn him to ashes at last
Then please to remember, So we, once a year, Go round without fear, To keep in remembrance the day; With assistance from you, To bring to your view, Guy Fawkes again blazing away! While with crackers and fire, In the fullest desire, In his chair he thus merrily burns; So jolly we’ll be, And about may you see Of this day many happy returns.
So please to remember, Then halloo boys! halloo, boys! shout and huzza! Halloo, boys! halloo, boys! keep up the day; Halloo, boys! halloo, boys! let the bells ring! Down with the Pope, and God save the Queen! Hurrah! hurrah! hurrah! – No current date for Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes version.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine Vol. 68 (422) Dec. 1850 Page 689: Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
Who Rolled the Powder In? A lay of the Gunpowder Plot – [“Upon this the conversation dropped, and soon afterwards Tresham departed. When he found himself alone, he suffered his rage to find vent in words. “Perdition seize Them!” he cried:” I shall now lose two thousand pounds, in addition to what I have already advanced; And, as Monteagle will not have the disclosure made till the beginning of November, there is no way of Avoiding payment. They would not fall into the snare I laid to throw the blame of the discovery, when it takes place, upon their own indiscretion. But I must devise some other plan.””- Ainsworth’s Life and Times of Guy Fawkes.]
They’ve done their task, and every cask Is piled within the cell: They’ve heaped the wood in order good, And hid the powder well. And Guido Fawkes, who seldom talks,
Remarked with cheerful glee — “The moon is bright—they’ll fly by night! Now, sirs, let’s turn the key.”
The wind without blew cold and stout, As though it smelt of snow — But was’t the breeze that made the knees Of Tresham tremble so? With ready hand, at Guy’s command, He rolled the powder in;
But what’s the cause that Tresham’s jaws Are chattering to the chin?
Nor wine nor beer his heart can cheer, As in his chamber lone He walks the plank with heavy clank, And vents the frequent groan. “Alack!” quoth he, “that this should be — Alack, and well-a-day!
I had the hope to bring the Pope, But in a different way.
“I’d risk a rope to bring the Pope By gradual means and slow; But Guido Fawkes, who seldom talks, Won’t let me manage so. That furious man has hatched a plan That must undo us all;
He’d blow the Peers unto the spheres, And throne the Cardinal!
“It’s time I took from other book Than his a saving leaf; I’ll do it—Yes! I’ll e’en confess, Like many a conscious thief. And on the whole, upon my soul, As Garnet used to teach,
When human schemes are vain as dreams, ‘It’s always best to peach! Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
“My mind’s made up!” he drained the cup, Then straightway sate him down, Divulged the whole, whitewashed his soul, And saved the British crown: – Disclosed the walks of Guido Fawkes, And swore, with pious aim, That from the first he thought him cursed, And still opined the same.
Poor Guido died, and Tresham eyed His dangling corpse on high; Yet no one durst reflect at first On him who played the spy. Did any want a Protestant, As stiff as a rattan, To rail at home ‘against priests at Rome — Why, Tresham was their man!
‘Twas nothing though he’d kissed the Toe Abroad in various ways, Or managed rather that his wife’s father Should hear the blame and praise. Yet somehow men, who knew him when He wooed the Man of Sin, Would slightly sneer, and whisper near, WHO ROLLED THE POWDER IN?
Morals Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
If you, dear youth, are bent on truth In these degenerate days, And if you dare one hour to spare For aught but “Roman Lays:” If, shunning rhymes, you read the Times,
And search its columns through, You’ll find perhaps that Tresham’s lapse Is matched by something new.
Our champion John, with armour on, Is ready now to stand. (For so we hope) against the Pope, At least on English land. ‘Against foreign rule and Roman bull He’ll fight, and surely win.
But—tarry yet- and don’t forget WHO ROLLED THE POWDER IN!
Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants:
Hurrah for our bonfire, Oh pile it up high, For tonight-yes tonight!- When it blazes up bright A traitor must die! How he’ll crackle and burn, Our-jolly old Guy! In the middle we’ll throw him, No mercy we’ll show him, The Traitor must die! Go, old Ragamuffin, Don’t stop to ask why, You know that the reason, Was Gunpowder Treason! So, burn till you die!
– 19th Century Calendar Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes