A soul cake is a small round cake which is traditionally made for All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day to commemorate the dead. The cakes were given to singers who went from house to house. In some countries, it is seen as the origin of the practice of trick-or-treating.(source)
(English folk song)
A soul a soul, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake!
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.
1. God bless the master of this house, the misteress also,
And all the little children who round your table grow,
Likewise young men and maidens, your cattle and your store,
And all that dwells within your gates, we wish you ten times more. Refrain
2. The lanes are very dirty, my shoes are very thin,
I’ve got a little pocket to put a penny in.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do;
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, it’s God bless you! Refrain
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