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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
A Lyke-Wake Dirge
Anonymous
 
THIS ae nighte, this ae nighte,
  Every nighte and alle,
Fire and sleet and candle-lighte,
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
When thou from hence away art paste,        5
  Every nighte and alle,
To Whinny-muir thou com’st at laste;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
If ever thou gavest hosen and shoon,
  Every nighte and alle,        10
Sit thee down and put them on;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
If hosen and shoon thou ne’er gav’st nane,
  Every nighte and alle,
The whinnes sall prickle thee to the bare bane;        15
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
From Whinny-muir when thou mayst passe,
  Every nighte and alle,
To Brigg o’ Dread thou comest at laste,
  And Christe receive thye saule.        20
 
From Brigg o’ Dread when thou mayst passe,
  Every nighte and alle,
To Purgatory fire thou comest at last,
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
If ever thou gavest meat or drink,        25
  Every nighte and alle,
The fire sall never make thee shrinke;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
If meate or drinke thou never gavest nane,
  Every nighte and alle,        30
The fire will burn thee to the bare bane;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
  Every nighte and alle,
Fire, and sleet, and candle-light,        35
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
 
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