“Remember, remember! The fifth of November…”
Oops! The date slipped by without my noticing, although I did post a video by Paul Flynn about the protest groups known as “Anonymous” and their use of the “V for Vendetta” Guy Fawkes mask.
Here is the poem from which the line above was taken:
The Fifth of November
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!
I found this posted in the article “Australia notes: Guy Fawkes Day” at Gene Veith’s blog, Cranach | The Blog of Veith | Christianity, Culture, Vocation.
In the U.S. evangelicals mostly ignore this history, even though one of the persons involved is extremely well-known to us, King James I of England. And we try not to talk like this poem talks – praise God! – about burning and choking enemies, including the Pope – still a real enemy of the truth – and his Jesuits. God forbid us to! But still, we need to remember history, the real things, and not live isolated from the facts.
May we pray for peace in our nation – and other lands – and obediently preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, He who was made to appear like the criminal that Guy Fawkes truly was, in order to be executed in our place.
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
2 Corinthians 5:21
21 For He [the Father] made Him [the Son] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.