… 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!

This English Folk poem dating back to 1870 introduces us to an important British tradition of Guy Fawkes Night or Gunpowder Plot Day. Who was the man trying to blow up the Parliament in 1605? How and where do the British celebrate this festival? What is an ‘effigy’? Find out about it and much more at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/guy-fawkes-fireworks-night-story-11413093 . Maybe one day YOU will have the opportunity to join this unique celebration! Or have you already …. ?

news prepared by Ms Joanna Wołkowicka

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