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Bonfire Night Rhymes

The rhymes and chants which accompany the celebration of Bonfire Night are as integral to the custom as the burning of the Guy and the lighting of fireworks.

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy FawkesGuy 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!


James 1Remember, 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. 
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.

(Usually sung by children around the burning bonfire with the guy on top)

Bonfire night in England

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