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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (1863–1944).  The Oxford Book of Ballads.  1910.
 
33. A Lyke-Wake Dirge
 
 
I

THIS ae nighte, this ae nighte,
  —Every nighte and alle,
Fire and fleet and candle-lighte,
  And Christe receive thy saule.
 
II

When thou from hence away art past,
        5
  —Every nighte and alle,
To Whinny-muir thou com’st at last:
  And Christe receive thy saule.
 
III

If ever thou gavest hosen and shoon,
  —Every nighte and alle,        10
Sit thee down and put them on:
  And Christe receive thy saule.
 
IV

If hosen and shoon thou ne’er gav’st nane
  —Every nighte and alle,
The whinnes sall prick thee to the bare bane;        15
  And Christe receive thy saule.
 
V

From whinny-muir when thou may’st pass,
  —Every nighte and alle,
To Brig o’ Dread thou com’st at last;
  And Christe receive thy saule.        20
 
VI

From Brig o’ Dread when thou may’st pass,
  —Every nighte and alle,
To Purgatory fire thou com’st at last;
  And Christe receive thy saule.
 
VII

If ever thou gavest meat or drink,
        25
  —Every nighte and alle,
The fire sall never make thee shrink;
  And Christe receive thy saule.
 
VIII

If meat or drink thou ne’er gav’st nane,
  —Every nighte and alle,        30
The fire will burn thee to the bare bane;
  And Christe receive thy saule.
 
IX

This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
  —Every nighte and alle,
Fire and fleet and candle-lighte,        35
  And Christe receive thy saule.
 
GLOSS:  channerin’] fretting.  fleet] floor. Other readings are ‘sleet’ and ‘salt’.
 

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