Monday, November 5, 2012

"Remember, remember, the 5th of November..."

Good morning my friends! Today is a very special day; a very special day indeed. Today is a very important day in history that I have only come to awareness about last year but it is one I will celebrate each year for any that remain to me. It is today that Guy Fawkes, a lone Englishman, tried to burn down parliament with a shit ton of black powder; he was caught before he could light it up and was subsequently tried and executed.

I'll provide you with the poem and a little background to the day. Although the poem was meant to remind us that treason is never forgotten, it has taken on a new meaning for this generation. It is now a symbol of freedom and justice thanks to the movie V for Vendetta (which I HIGHLY recommend watching). If you have your Guy Fawkes mask, I encourage you to wear it out today to remind people that it only takes one person to start a revolution. You are free, don't let them take that.

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.
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.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip hoorah! 

While this is not the complete version, I will provide a link here to the full version. You can go here to see this copy and some of the information that will follow.

"Words of "Remember Remember" refer to Guy Fawkes with origins in 17th century English history. On the 5th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was subsequently tried as a traitor with his co-conspirators for plotting against the government. He was tried by Judge Popham who came to London specifically for the trial from his country manor Littlecote House in Hungerford, Gloucestershire. Fawkes was sentenced to death and the  form of the execution was one of the most horrendous ever practised (hung ,drawn and quartered) which reflected the serious nature of the crime of treason."