Remember Remember – Traditional Guy Fawkes Rhyme

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Traditional rhyme for Guy Fawkes Night, Remember, Remember!

Remember Remember Rhyme

This is a version of the traditional rhyme chanted on Guy Fawkes Night. Some versions have two more lines at right at the end, which are: “And what shall we do with him? Burn him!” So the whole of that version would go like this:

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

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!

However, although once considered appropriate for young children, many in the UK now think the last two lines too bloodthirsty. On the other hand, it’s part of our history and useful for school projects on the subject.

If you’re dealing with very young children and the poem on the scroll above seems a bit advanced, you might want to stick to the first verse only.

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