The Book of Guy Fawkes Day And Its Bonfire Night
Music, Bonfire Chants and Amphibrachs for the
Celebration of the Great Deliverance of 1605
©2013 Conrad Bladey, Hutman Productions ISBN 978-0-9854486-2-2
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A complete collection of music and chants celebrating the Great Deliverance from the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
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A powerful network of artifacts of all kinds developed from the national horror of the intended treason known as the Gunpowder Plot. (See Volume I). Following the horror came the wonder of the mysterious great deliverance. The network of artifacts sharing constituent parts took root in society, extending outward, serving potentially as many interpretations, meanings and functions as there could be participants or ideas. The network began with a traditional cultural response to the horror and deliverance--bonfires and bells. Then it was given energy by government mandates and religious liturgy. Yet throughout, the most important motivating force was the horror and awe felt by the people in general. This motivated them to despite their local and regional cultures, to unite to “Remember and Remember”. The roots of the network extended to all levels of society and permeated all aspects of culture both in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Music and chant are but one dimension of that extensive network. The collection of artifacts presented here is just a start.
The celebration continues in a world in which the danger of terrorism looms large. I hope you will find some of these artifacts of assistance for your own expressions and celebrations. Don’t stop there. Compose some of your own.
This work is designed to gather together artifacts created from those of the Gunpowder plot. It brings them from many obscure and hard-to-access places. This makes of many one; E pluribus unum so to speak.
It is the first step toward meaningful analysis and explanation. I hope it facilitates future work.
The study of the music relating to the Gunpowder Plot allows us to disclose the cultural dimensions for which it is created. Songs and chants help define rituals. Songs also tell us how to celebrate- to “remember” and “remember.” They are important historical records of the changing trends in celebration, conveying cultural attitudes as well as aesthetic and political points of view. In addition, music demonstrates the degree that the characters and events, excitement and drama of the Gunpowder Plot have permiated and influenced culture. The characters, drama and excitement of the Gunpowder Plot continue to provide artists and song writers with imagry for expresson and the definition of cultural identities. These images disclose the ethnicity and the regional and national identity of the participants. Importantly, these images and song are also linked to a chapter of the development of Democracy internationally. They disclose the international identity of all those who support Democracy world-wide. Ironically, over the more than 400 year history of celebration the images of the Gunpowder Treason also now disclose other groups, such as “freedom fighters” world wide who promote a wide range of political ideologies. Study of these artifacts of expression and disclosure should lead to a deeper understanding of the mechanics of disclosure of identity, as well as to a heightened awareness of their value as resources for future generations.
We shall now examine the music of the Great Deliverance from the Gunpowder Treason of 1605.
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Table of Contents
A Few Categories to Consider
Music of Celebration: Awakening the Muse From Church to the Streets, Concert Hall and Stage
Rough Music- Music of the Crowd
Music in the 17th Century: More than Meets the Ear!
Liturgical Music-The Old Testament Provides Direction
The First Book of the Chronicles, Chapter 16
The Book of Nehemiah, Chapter 12
The First Book of the Chronicles Chapter 16
The Book of Psalms: Psalm 59
The Book of Psalms: Psalm 9
The Book of Psalms Psalm 149
THE SECOND BOOK OF MOSES CALLED EXODUS CHAPTER 15
THE BOOK OF PSALMS PSALM 27
THE SECOND BOOK OF THE CHRONICLES CHAPTER 5
Church Fathers Prescribe the Role of Music in the Celebrations
Martin Luther, 1538 From: “Foreword” to Georg Rhau's Collection, Symphoniae iucundae.
Lancelot Andrewes on Music 1614
From: “Of the Gowries”
Lancelot Andrewes, Gunpowder Plot Sermon I, 1606
Authors Elaborate: John Milton Contrasts Music For Hell With Music for God
At a Solemn Music, John Milton, 1645
Paradise Lost, 1667
Music: Historical Record of Celebration
c.1605, O Lord How Joyful is the King – For the Fifth of November, Thomas Weelkes
1605, (1656 ) Upon the Gunpowder Plot,
1606, Robert Pricket, A Song of Reioycing for Our Late Deliuerance. From: Times Anotomie
1606, A forme of true Repentance, fit for Traytors to Sing and use now, and at all times while life is in them: made in part by one of Babingtons Conspiracy. And may be sung to the tune of the 25. Psal., John Rhodes, minister of Enborne: From A Briefe Summe
c. 1607, On God Save the King, Richard Clark, 1822
EPIGRAMME TO THE MEMORY OF LORD W. MOVNTEAGLE.
Robert Earle of Salisbvrie
Epigramme by Ben Jonson on King James's escape from the Powder Plot.
God Save the Queen (standard version)
c. 1612, Acclamatio Patrieor, Richard Williams
1613, Bravely Deckt, Thomas Campion, From: Two Bookes of Ayres, The First Book.
1615, I Will Sing Unto the Lord, No. 18, In Memory of the Gunpowder Day , John Amner
c. 1620, 43.—Dod (Henry,) the Silkman, “An act for a publique Thanksgiving to Almighty God every yeare on the fifth day of November, Enacted November the "fifth 1605. &, "
1625, A New-yeeres-gift for the Pope
1631, 44.—Psalm cxxiii. paraphrased by waye of thanksgiving for our great deliverances from the Papists Powder Plot: by I. Vicars.
1620-25, Non Nobis Domine, Psalm 115
1625, A Song or Psalm of Thanksgiving, in remembrance of our great deliverance from the Gunpowder Treason, the Fifth of November, 1605 by: T.S.
1641, Hymn XIII. For the fifth of November, George Wither, from Haleluiah
c. 1651, GUNPOWDER ANTHEM, Ben Lamb
1663-1674, The Loyal Subject (as it is reason) Drinks Good Sack and is Free from Treason
1658, A Hymne in Commemoration of the Gun-powder Treason, Nicholas Billingsley
1667-1673, A Song: " Of Catesby, Faux, and Garnet"
1675-1696 ?, Gun-Powder Plot: Or, A Brief Account of that bloudy and subtle design laid against the King, his Lords and Commons in Parliament, and of a Happy Deliverance by Divine Power, To the Tune of Aim not too high, licensed according to Order.
c.1675, UNCLE TRACY'S THANKSGIVING
1683, The E.of R. Dr. wild and others, “A New Song on the Hellish Popish Plot; Sung by BELZEBUB, at a Merry-meeting of the Devils.”
1684, A Litany for the Fifth of November
1686, A New Droll
1689, The Protestant Court of England:,OR, THE Joyful Coronation of K. William III. and Q. Mary II. Setting Forth, The English, Welsh, Scots, and Dutch-Man's Defiance of the Common Enemy, and, Disturber of this Protestant Kingdom, the JESUITE; with the Irish-Man's and Monsieur's, [Ro]mish Vindication of Him.
1689, Protestant OBSERVATOR: OR, A Touch of the strange Turn of TIMES, From the Reign of Queen Mary in 1555, to this present Year.
1689, THE Brandy-Bottle PLOT; BEING A farther Narrative of the late Brandy-Plot, happily Discovered by an Honest and Loyal Pewterer, living in Panton-Street, near the Hay Market: In which was found, (in a False Bottom) several Letters and Papers, Pernicious to the present Government.
1690, LONDONS TRIUMPH
1694, The Church saved and her Enemies Disappointed, Isaac Watts.
16??- Harken ye Nations, Anon.
1714-15, A SONG for the Fifth of November, the Day of the Gunpowder Plot. To the Tune of Guy Fauxe's Lanthorn: Or, The High Church Lamp, Hibernice Lilliburlero, R.H.S.H.H.S.F.A. G. G. A. M. M. P. and Messieurs Brinsden
1720?, XXII. For the Fifth of November
1724, July, Tamerlano, (Tamurlaine), Handel, Opera
c. 1702-1751, CCLXXII. God's delivering Goodness acknowledged, and trusted, 2 Corinthians 1, 10, A Song for the Fifth of November, Rev. Philip Doddridge
c. 1674-1748, A song for the fifth of November. A Psalm for the Fifth of November. Popish idolatry reproved, Isaac Watts
c. 1674-1748, For the Fifth of November
1760, Ballad of the Gunpowder Treason
1765, Hymn XXIX, The Fifth of November, Christopher Smart, 1722-1771, From: A Translation of the psalms of David, 1765
1779, The Gun-Powder Plot, Song 73.
1781, Gunpowder Plot Ballad, William Hawkins
1790, The Revolution, and Gunpowder Plot.
1790, For the Fifth of November, George Whitefield
1790, The Nation's Deliverance; or, A Hymn for the Fifth of November, Hymn LIV, William Wycombe
1790 Hymn LIV.
1795, A Hymn for the Fifth of November, Andrew Kippis
1813, Air. Thomas Dibden
1818 From: Irish Historian
1819, Powder-Plot Anniversary, 1819, Witham In An Uproar!
1825, The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal, “London Lyrics: The Gunpowder Plot”
1828, Guy Fawkes , Or; Pray Remember The Fifth of November
1830, Guy Fawkes, Hymn
1843, A HYMN OF PRAISE TO BE USED UPON THE FIFTH DAY OF NOVEMBER. WILLIAM LAING For the Happy Deliverance of King James I. and the Three Estates of England, from the most traitorous and bloody-intended Massacre by Gunpowder : and also for the happy arrival of his Majesty King William on this Day, for the Deliverance of our Church and Nation. By WILLIAM LAING, Undergraduate of Christ's College, Cambridge.
1847, THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER., A Bonfire Song.
1852, Gunpowder Plot
1852, The Gunpowder Plot, M.A. Stodart
1855, Notes and Queries Nov. 2 Parody On: Wolfe’s: “The Death of Sir John Moore”
c.1861, An original opéra bouffe entitled Guy Fawkes; or, A new way to blow up a king, John T. Douglas
Undated 19th Century Broadsides/Traditional Songs
Old Guy Fawkes
A new speech for old Guy Fawkes, "Kind folks, you see, our effigy ..." The Last Improved New Speech for the Fifth of November, R. Goodluck
Music from the 20th and 21st Centuries
1963, Drum March for Guy Fawkes, Auigenere Galliard
1968, Mr. Guy Fawkes, Eire Apparent
1970, Remember, John Lennon
1975, Bang! , John Rutter, Music, Libretto: David Richard Grant, Opera
1976, Out of Season, Pete and Chris Coe
c. 1997 , THE COUGHTON CONSPIRACY, Cresby Brown and Chris Evans
c. 1997, England's Glory, Dave Hill, Steve Watts Cloth Cap Songs
1998, Fawkes the Quiet Guy, Kjartan Poskitt, Musical
1998, Filk Rhyme, Try to remember the Fifth of November, A day of powder, plot, and treason. Try to remember the Fifth of November.
2001,Gunpowder Treason & Plot , Red Monkey
c. 2004, Rocket's Tail, Kate Bush
c. 2004, DOES YA POLLIE WANT A CRACKER, Singaline/Shimada
c. 2004, Peppery Popery; or, The Fender of the Faith, Peterson's Parodies
c. 2004, Born On The 5th November
2005 , The King's Singers, 1605: Treason and Dischord, William Byrd and the Gunpowder Plot
2005, Prayer of Thanksgiving in Times of Terror by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-).
2006, The Fifth of November the Gunpowder Plot for Symphonic Band, Charles H. Wood, III
2007, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot, Sadaharu
c.2007, Remember! Remember!, Jasper Kent, Robert Piatt and Robert Starr.
2008, GUY FAWKES' TABLE, Attila The Stockbroker
c. 2012, Bonfire Night, Musical, Justin Levine
Songs Associated with the Celebration
Yorkshire, God Save the King and Britons, Strike Home
c. 1619, God Save the Queen, John Bull
c. 1865, Jolly Dogs, We're All Jolly Dogs, Such Jolly Dogs Are We. Or, Slap Bang, Here we are, Again. Or, The School of Jolly Dogs , Harry Copeland
Lancashire Cob Coaling Songs
Cob Coaling Song
1695, Britons, Strike Home!, Henry Purcell
Britons Strike Home
1907, Sussex by the Sea, William Ward-Higgs
Songs with Minimal References
1834, THE JUBILEE; OR, FINE SIGHTS IN THE PARK.
1841, “Hymn of the Conspirators,” William Harrison Ainsworth
1855-58, Billy Barlow
1877, SPENCER THE ROVER
RISE UP GUDEWIFE
c. 1860, Devil and the Washerwomen
A BALLYNURE BALLAD
DIESEL AND SHALE
The Guy Fawkes Song A History
The Tune, Guy Fawkes, A.K.A Bow Wow Wow
The Guy Fawkes Song- Traditional Version of the Lyrics
Historical References in the Song Versions
Charles Dickens on Townsend
Early Broadside Ballads
1819-1844, Guy Fawkes and the Parliament
C. 1825-1826, Guy Faux, Universal Songster, George, and Robert Cruikshank, John Fairburn, Routledge and Jones, Publisher.
1827, Guy Fawkes and the Parliament
“A Comic song, sung by Mr. Rayner, for his benefit at the Liverpool (?)Theatre, Friday, Nov 9, 1827. The last line reads:
1828, Guy Fawkes, Or; Pray Remember The Fifth of November
1829, GUY FAWKES
1837, The Meltonians Version, “Lumber’s Song”
1839, The Bedchamber Plot: or Fawkes Parodied
1842, Guy Fawkes—By A. Cantab.
1853, Parody in Rhyme In: The Second Calendar, Robert Bough,
1854, The Russian Guy Fawkes
Pre 1867, Guy Fawkes, A Comic Song, Written and Composed By A Wag, Third Edition. London: Metzler.
1877, GUY FAWKES, Anonymous.
1879, Notes and Queries,
1883, William Chappell Cites Song in Chapter Heading
1884, The Unconscious Guy Fawkes; Or, In the Wrong Cellar, A Song of the Season and the Session, Air-"Guy Faux"
1885, Guy Fawkes An Old Song Re-Sung
1887, The Gunpowder Plot, Hamilton
1895, First Verse Version Referenced
1895, A Ballad of Guy Fawkes, Thomas Hudson
1895, May, Associations with Charles Dickens
1907, A Version of the Song Attributed to Thomas Hudson From: English Songs of the Georgian Period, Annotated by Frank Kidson
1907, “Guy Fawkes,” From: English songs of the Georgian Period, Edited by Alfred Moffat, with notes by Frank Kidson, Bayley & Ferguson
1909, The New Guy Fawkes, H. Wace
1910, Frank Kidson Discusses the Song in The Musical Times, February 1, 1910, Attribution to Thomas Hudson
1910 Frank Kidson Attributes the song to Thomas Hudson
1912, Discussion in The Dickensian
1922, GUY FAWKES . From: American Ballads and Songs, Book by Louise Pound; Scribner, 1922
A List of Pop/Rock/Folk Songs
General Music and Song
1860-1867, The Gunpowder Plot Galop
1864 Chambers Describes Rough Music
A Survey of the History of Gunpowder Treason Day Bell Ringing
1869 November 5, “Ringing Day”
Databases and Collections
Bodleian Library Ballads, University of Oxford
Chants, Bonfire Prayers, Rhymes, and The Amphibrach
1901, A Rigmarole
1897, Doggerel Rhyme
1911, An Effusion
The Anthropology of it All
History of Usage
1749. A Writing Assignment
The Assemblage of Functional Artifacts of Celebration in Rhyme Content
What Do We Do With It?
1886, An Example of A Procession- Tradition of Hampshire
Putting the Words Together
1681, Notes upon Stephen College grounded principally upon his own declarations and confessions, and freely submitted to publique censure, Roger L'Estrange
1699, The world bewitch'd; a dialogue between two astrologers and the author : with infallible predictions of what will happen in this present year, 1699, from the vices and villanies practis'd in court, city and country, Edward Ward
Use of the Phrase "Remember, Remember"
Use of the Phrase "Gunpowder, Treason, Plot".
Rhymes Captured in Song Lyrics
Conclusion: The Amphibrach
Early Dated Versions
1606, John Rhodes
1626, The Discovery of the Powder Plot, Anno, 1605, From: Song of Deliverance for the Lasting Remembrance of Gods Wonderful Works never to be Forgotten…,
1681, Roger L'Estrange, Numb. 1 A New DIALOGUE BETWEEN Some body and No body. OR THE Observator Observed.
Chants Organized by Place
1888, Lowsley, Berkshire Words and Phrases
A WESTMORELAND GUNPOWDER-PLOT DOGGREL.
1895, Kirkby Stephen, Westmoreland
Oxfordshire Guy Fawkes' Song
Guy Fawkes Day
Other Locations in England
The North of England
North of England
St Catherines School
Pill near Bristol
1889, Newburyport, Mass.
(1760 ?), Mummer's Poem In Newburyport, Massachusetts
1998, Linthicum, Maryland, The Center for Fawkesian Pursuits
Badge of the Center for Fawkesian Pursutis
Center For Fawkesian Pursuits Chant
Commemorative of 9/11
1742, An Agreeable Companion
1825, The Children's Friend
No Place or Specific Date Mentioned
The Fifth of November
1908, Notes and Queries
A new Speech for the 5th of November on the Downfall of Guy Fawkes
Old Guy Fawkes
1747, The Golden Plot
1831, Bishops of State
1837, Radical Member
1841, The Last Palace Song
1841, The Royal Guy
1852, Protestant Ballad, GUNPOWDER PLOT
1860, SENSATION GUY FAUX.
1861, Sung by Newspaper Proprietors to the "Guy Faux" Boys' Chant
1878, THE NEW GUY FAUX
1851, Spurgeon Version
1851, Russian Tsar Version...
1877, The Osmic Acid Plot,
1888, JOHN BULL. A LAY FOR THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER.
1891, A New Song for the Fifth
1840, London Illustrated News
19th Century, The Last Improved New Speech for the Fifth of November
19th Century, Good Gentlefolks Pray
1925, Nipper in Rother'ithe an'
Sid Kipper, PREWD'S PRUNINGS
2010, American Politics, Republican Governors Pay Homage To Guy Fawkes
Chants and Rhymes in Plays
1814. The Farmer's Wife , Charles Dibdin,
1793, Guy Fawkes Or The Fifth of November a Prelude in One Act
1808, Green's Harlequin Guy Fawkes- Tabletop Theatre Version
Other Dated Versions
1710: Vulgus Britannicus: OR, THE British HUDIBRASS. A Burlesque POEM.
1712, Song for the Fifth of November, the Day of the Gunpowder Plot,
1735, Ame's Almanac
1742, Let off My Gun
1744, Upon the Fifth of November
1746, Ame's Almanac
1786, A Cry of alarm
1824, The Fifth of November, The Child’s Companion.
1825, The Fifth of November
1825, To The People of Ireland
1829. The Fifth of November
1831, Guy Fawkes’ Rump
1835, “Gunpowder Plot,” The Comic Almanack
1838, The 5th November.
1838, 6 November, Times of London
1839, Postage, Hampshire Advertiser, Friday, 6 December.
c. 1842, Leaves from the Log of a Sky Pilot
1845, Edition of Nursery Rhymes
1845, “Protestant Light,” Tuesday, 4 November, Derby Mercury
1846, Pray to Remember
1850, Remember the Protestant Martyrs
1850 Friday, 8 November Placards,
1854 Birmingham Gazette - Sunday , 5 November
1858, Screaming Lasses
1861, As Long as Old England Stands on This Spot
1863, My Brave Lads Remember
1867, Charles Dickens
1880, Friday, 5 November, “The Fifth of November,” Isle of Wight Observer
1882, Burn up their Pockets
1888 Commemoration of the Gunpowder Plot
1891, P.H. DITCHFIELD, M.A., OLD ENGLISH SPORTS, Pastimes and Customs
1899 Boston, Historical Fiction
1899, ”Jesuit Treason,” Friday 3 November. Western Times
2003, The Merry Season
2005 Coin, Remember the Fifth of November
1982-1985, V For Vendetta
1997, Neil Gaiman, The Tempest, Ben Jonson and Shakespeare Write the Rhyme,
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