Lyke-Wake Dirge

(Traditional)
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This ae nighte, this ae night
Every nighte and all,
Fire and sleet and candle lighte,
May Earth receive thy soul.

When thou from hence away art passed,
Every nighte and all,
To Whinnie-moor thou com’st at last.
May Earth receive thy soul.

If ever thou gavest hosen or shoon,
Every nighte and all,
Sit thee down and put them on.
May Earth receive thy soul.

If hosen or shoon thou ne’er gavest nane,
Every nighte and all,
The whinnies shall prick thee to the bare bane.
May Earth receive thy soul.

From Whinnie-moor when thou art passed,
Every nighte and all,
To Brig o’ Dread thou com’st at last.
May Earth receive thy soul.

If ever thou gave of thy silver and gold,
Every nighte and all,
On Brig o’ Dread thou’lt find foothold.
May Earth receive thy soul.

If silver and gold thou ne’er gavest nane,
Every nighte and all,
Down thou’lt fall ’till the stars be gane.
May Earth receive thy soul.

From Brig ‘o Dread when thou art passed,
Every nighte and all,
To purging fire thou com’st at last.
May Earth receive thy soul.

If ever thou gave meat or drink,
Every nighte and all,
The fire shall never make thee shrink.
May Earth receive thy soul.

If meat or drink thou ne’er gavest nane,
Every nighte and all,
The fire shall burn thee to the bare bane.
May Earth receive thy soul.

This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
Every nighte and all,
Fire and sleet and candle lighte,
May Earth receive thy sou

Copyright © Michael Rauner

Copyright © Michael Rauner

  • 2016 Intention


    In the Presence of our Beloved Dead, we dance, create community and wield Love to effect change.

  • Admission

    This ritual is Bay Area Reclaiming’s largest fundraiser for the year, and supports many of our other activities, courses, ritual, and resources.

    Tickets must be purchased from the YBCA Box Office –Visit the TICKETS page on this site for details.

    Donor - Suggested Donation $120.00

    Supporter – Suggested Donation $60.00

    Regular Admission – $25.00

    Special Needs – $18.00

    Youth (12-17) – $18.00

    Senior (65+) – $18.00

  • When and where

    The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at 701 Howard Street in San Francisco.

    Doors open at 5 PM. Ritual starts Promptly at 5:30 PM We encourage you to arrive between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM so you can view the altars, hear the prelude music, and listen as the names of the Beloved Dead are read aloud.

    The Ritual begins promptly at 5:30 PM


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