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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Lykewake Dirge
Anonymous
 
THIS ae night, this ae night,
Every night and alle,
Fire and sleet and candle-light,
And Christ receive thy saule.
 
When thou from hence away art past,        5
Every night and alle,
To Whinny-Muir thou comest at laste,
And Christ receive thy saule.
 
If ever thou gavest hosen and shoon,
Every night and alle,        10
Sit thee down and put them on,
And Christ receive thy saule.
 
If hosen and shoon thou never gav’st none,
Every night and alle,
The whinnes shall prick thee to the bare bone,        15
And Christ receive thy saule.
 
From Whinny-Muir when thou mayest passe,
Every night and alle,
To Purgatory fire thou comest at last,
And Christ receive thy saule.        20
 
If ever thou gavest meat or drink,
Every night and alle,
The fire shall never make thee shrink,
And Christ receive thy saule.
 
If meat or drink thou never gavest none,        25
Every night and alle,
The fire will burn thee to the bare bone,
And Christ receive thy saule.
 
This ae night, this ae night,
Every night and alle,        30
Fire and sleet and candle-light,
And Christ receive thy saule.
 
 
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