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

  • 2017 Intention

    Riding the knife's edge of history, we face the great challenge of this present moment; to step off the old path and weave futures of strength and joy with the dead and the generations to come.

  • Admission

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

    It takes about $15,000 to put on this community event, so we appreciate your support.

    Regular Admission – $25.00-$150.00

    Special Needs, Youth (12-17), and Seniors (65+) can buy tickets for only – $18.00

    Children under 12 years old are welcomed at no charge with a paid admission

    For Regular Admission, enter whatever amount you can want to pay within that range. Please consider giving more, as this is a fundraiser. This also allows us to get others in for a discount.

    NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.

    Spiral Dance tickets will be sold at the door from 6pm to 7pm the day of the event. If you can only give a little, please come to the door and we’ll be happy to work with you.

    If you have have questions about tickets and cannot find the answer to those questions on this website - please email spiraldancetix@gmail.com

  • When and where

    The Spiral Dance has moved to the East Bay and will be held at the Richmond Convention Center, Richmond California. We’re excited to open up to this new community.

    The Spiral Dance is Saturday, October 28th, 2017.

    Doors open for Altar viewing and the reading of the Names of The Beloved Dead at 6pm.

    Ritual begins promptly at 7pm


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