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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
 
Ballads: Supernatural
A Lyke-Wake Dirge
 
[Contains popular beliefs common to Asiatic and European races, as to the trials of the Dead.]

THIS ae nighte, this ae nighte,
  Every night and alle,
Fire and sleet, and candle lighte,
  And Christe receive thy saule.
 
When thou from hence away are paste,        5
  Every night and alle;
To Whinny-muir thou comest at laste;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
If ever thou gavest hosen and shoon,
  Every night and alle;        10
Sit thee down, and put them on;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
If hosen and shoon thou ne’er gavest nane,
  Every night and alle:
The whinnes shall pricke thee to the bare bane;        15
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
From Whinny-muir when thou mayst passe,
  Every night and alle;
To Brigg o’ Dread thou comest at laste;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
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From Brigg o’ Dread when thou mayst passe,
  Every night and alle;
To Purgatory fire thou comest at laste;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
If ever thou gavest meat or drink,        25
  Every night and alle;
The fire shall never make thee shrinke;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
If meate or drinke thou never gavest nane,
  Every night and alle;        30
The fire will burn thee to the bare bane;
  And Christe receive thy saule.
 
This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
  Every nighte and alle;
Fire and sleet, and candle lighte,        35
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
 
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