National Geographic : 1935 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by W. Robert Moore THE BOYS OF LEWES BURN EFFIGIES AND SET OFF "ROUSERS" ON GUY FAWKES NIGHT Several bonfire societies led by "Bishops" celebrate on November 5 the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament in 1605 (see text, page 88). Members are not all as young as the title "boy" would suggest. The fires may be a survival from the 16th century persecutions, when, in one day, ten men and women were burned at the stake. drawn by eight oxen. Sir Herbert was determined, at all costs, to get to his pew; so he reinforced his team and, by pulling mightily, they deposited him at the door. In Ringmer the knight was known, so the epitaph states, "as a true Sonne of the Church of England," and his faithful ad herence led to the following verses being composed in the village: Although they drew so light a load, (For them!) so heavy was the road, John Grigg was busy with his goad. The cottagers in high delight Ran out to see the startling sight And make obeisance to the knight, While floated through the liquid air, And o'er the sunlit meadows fair, The throbbing belfry's call to prayer. At last, and after many a lurch, That shook Sir Herbert in his perch, John Grigg drew up before the church. The old church at Ringmer stands gray and noble beneath the shadow of the Downs, a beautiful structure with a porch that seems as old as the hills themselves. Penn often went there; his wife and her parents and their ancestors before them were well known to it. PENN'S EPITAPH FOR HIS WIFE When Gulielma Penn died at the age of 50, her Quaker husband wrote the fol lowing appreciation of her: "She was a Publick, as well as Private Loss; for she was not only an excellent Wife and Mother, but an Entire and Constant friend, of a more than common Capacity, and greater Modesty and Humility; yet most equal and undaunted in Danger. Religious as well as Ingenuous, without Affectation. An easie Mistress, and good Neighbour, espe cially to the Poor. Neither lavish nor pe nurious, but an example of Industry as well as other Vertues: Therefore our great Loss tho' her own Eternal Gain." Here, in this part of Sussex so easily acces sible from London, Brighton, or Worthing, are memories of the great Quaker whose name, both in England and America, will always be honored.