Secondary Schools Performance Poems

Remember, remember sixteen hundred and five

When thirteen friends thought it was time to contrive

       A plan to get rid of their government and king

       And, under cover of darkness, to Parliament did bring


                Thirty six barrels of gunpowder


Remember, remember that they had a good reason

And death was the price that you paid for your treason.

      Repressing the Catholics was the root of their cause

      And these men decided to abolish these laws.


            James I turned out to be just as intolerant

           of the Catholics as Elizabeth I, in fact.


They stored all the gunpowder quite well out of sight

And then crept into Parliament under cover of night,

      But the thought of killing some innocent folk,

      Caused some to feel troubled, and one of them spoke.


              He spoke to a friend - Lord Monteagle

             about the plan in an anonymous letter.


When the King heard the news, he called on his forces,

And to Parliament galloped his soldiers on horses.

      Deep in the cellars Guy Fawkes was discovered

      And the truth of the matter was quickly uncovered.


             Some people say that the gunpowder was

             too old and damp to have exploded anyway                               


He was thought to be traitor to country and King.

He was tortured, condemned and on the gallows did swing.

      With bonfires they celebrated the safety of James –

      And we remember this story today with our flames.


              Even today we only allow Her Majesty

              into Parliament once a year.  Why?                                      


                    Because we . . .   R E M E M B E R!



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