It’s 5 November. Time to get out the Guy Fawkes masks and remember the foiled Gunpowder Plot. The day itself was originally a celebration for King James I survival of the attempt on his life. After a couple of hundred years, writers began depicting Fawkes in a more acceptable light, romanticizing the fact that he almost blew up the House of Lords and assassinate the King.
Fawkes’ image is used in the well known movie, “V for Vendetta”, a favorite around our home. He is used often to represent how government can become so big and controlling that the only way to start over is to blow it all up.
Fawkes is one of Oz’s favorite so of course his Halloween costume was such a couple of years ago…
So get out your firewood; your fireworks; and your masks. Remember to vote tomorrow, either way, doesn’t matter. Just vote.
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, Guy Fawkes,
t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, Holla boys,
let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys,
God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him!
I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.