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Posted by on November 2, 2015

English Folk Verse (c.1870)

The Fifth of November

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 and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

So of course it is not the 5th yet but being as I just finished a paper about this whole event I felt like sharing the verse. It has not been much easier dealing with the loss of Mom but I am moving forward as much as I can. School work is being done and I am keeping my other commitments as well.

One happy thing is that I am debt free at present. As much as I adore my wonderful cousin A for having helped me out when I needed it there is some relief at being taken off the books as it were and having paid everything back. There was never any pressure about it which of course I am thankful for but as a point of pride I am glad to have all of that zero’d out.

Halloween was a bit of fun for me. I put up all the usual decorations around the house and dressed as a devil and had the pups dressed up as hell hounds. The trick or treaters thought it was fun. Apparently handing out full size reeses also put me on the cool list with them.

One day at a time.

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