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JS"OV. 5.] •                     GUNPOWDER PLOT.                                       413
It is stated in the register at Harlington, under the date of 1683, that half an acre of land was given by some person, whose name has been forgotten, for the benefit of the bell-ringers of the parish, to provide them with a leg of pork for ringing on the 5th of November. It is called the Pork Acre. The ground is let by the parish officers at 505. a year, which is paid by them to the bell-ringer.—Edwards, Old English Customs and Charities, 1842, p. 27.
The following is the rhyme formerly sung iu this county:
li Gunpowder treason ! Gunpowder treason!
Gunpowder treason plot I I know no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fox and his companions
Did the scheme contrive, To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
But, by God's providence, him they catch, With a dark lantern, lighting a match! Hollo, boys! hollo, boys! make the bells ring ! Hollo, boys 1 hollo, boys! God save the king ! Hurrah."
Long Ago, 1873, vol. i. p. 338.
Nottinghamshire. At Clifton the following rhyme is sung :
" Please to remember The fifth of November. Old Guy Faux And gunpowder plot Shall never be forgot, While Nottingham castle Stands upon a rock !"
Long Ago, 1873, vol. i. p. 338.
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