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Souling Night

A souling song that appears to exist in a number of variants. This is the version given by J. C. Bridge, M.A., Mus. Doc., in the "Journal of the Chester Archeological Society," 1897, p. 74:

Souling night has come at last,
And we are souling here;
And all that we are souling for
Is apples and good cheer.

Soul, soul for an apple or two;
If you've no apples, pears will do;
If you've no pears, a good jug of beer
Will last us all 'till this time next year.

I have been unable to find a tune for this souling song, but the tune is variously described as "like plainsong" and "similar to Merbecke."

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