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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XIX. The Shrouding
A Lyke-wake Dirge
Anonymous
 
THIS ae nighte, this ae nighte,
  —Every nighte and alle,
Fire and fleet and candle-lighte,
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
When thou from hence away art past,        5
  —Every nighte and alle,
To Whinny-muir thou com’st at last;
  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 sail prick thee to the bare bane;        15
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
From Whinny-muir when thou may’st pass,
  —Every nighte and alle,
To Brig o’ Dread thou com’st at last;
  And Christe receive thye saule.        20
 
From Brig o’ Dread when thou may’st pass,
  —Every nighte and alle,
To Purgatory fire thou com’st at last;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
If ever thou gavest meat or drink,        25
  —Every nighte and alle,
The fire sail never make thee shrink;
  And Christe receive thye saule.
 
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 thye 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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