Guy Fawkes Day - November 5th

Hang him on a gibbet and there let him die

Penny for the Guy in the 1930s
Paul Townsend

In Enid Porter’s book  ’Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore’ W.H. Barrett remembers from his youth at the end of the 19th century the verses chanted by himself and his friends when asking for money for the Guy they had made:

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder treason and plot;
There is no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy, guy, stick him on high,
Hang him on a gibbet and there let him die.
Speak, man, speak; that shall be done;
He has oil on his head and tar on his bum.
Now give us something to buy a match
So we can fire his greasy thatch.
Ladies and gentlemen you’ll never get fat
If you don’t put a penny in the old guy’s hat.
If you haven’t a penny a halfpenny will do;
If you haven’t a halfpenny, God bless you.
Holler, boys, holler, make the bells ring;
Holler, boys, holler and God save the Queen.
Hip, hip, hooray, for gunpowder plot
Will never be forgot,
So long as frumenty’s cooked in a pot.
So holler, boys, holler, Old Guy will burn bright
Time men get tight on Bonfire Night.

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