5th November: For Truth is Strong and Steady

Tonight we remember the time when Catholic terrorists attempted to destroy Parliament. 

“So then they put poor Guy to death, for ages to remember,

And boys now kill him once a year in dreary dark November,

That is, I mean his effigy for truth is strong and steady,

Poor Guy they cannot kill again, because he’s dead already.”

-Author unknown. 

“The heavenly Father checked the Papists’ cruel venture. Pious incense & grateful honours are paid to God, and every crossroads smokes with festive bonfires. Crowds of young people dance, and in all the year there is no day more celebrated than 5th November.”

John Milton, 1626.