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[393] back, or made to bow, like that of a china-ware mandarin. An aged inhabitant of the neighborhood has furnished us with some fragments of the songs sung on such occasions, probably the same which our British ancestors trolled forth around their bonfires two centuries ago:—
The fifth of November,
     As you well remember,
Was gunpowder treason and plot;
     And where is the reason
That gunpowder treason
     Should ever be forgot?

When James the First the sceptre swayed,
     This hellish powder plot was laid;
They placed the powder down below,
     All for Old England's overthrow.
Lucky the man, and happy the day,
     That caught Guy Fawkes in the middle of his play!

Hark! our bell goes jink, jink, jink;
     Pray, madam, pray, sir, give us something to drink;
Pray, madam, pray, sir, if you'll something give,
     We'll burn the dog, and not let him live.
We'll burn the dog without his head,
     And then you'll say the dog is dead.

Look here! from Rome
     The Pope has come,
That fiery serpent dire;
     Here's the Pope that we have got,
The old promoter of the plot;
     We'll stick a pitchfork in his back,
And throw him in the fire!

There is a slight savor of a Smithfield roasting about these lines, such as regaled the senses of the Virgin Queen or Bloody Mary, which entirely reconciles us to their disuse at the present time.

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