Souling was a Christian practice carried out in many English towns on Halloween and Christmas. In some countries, it is seen as the origin of the practice of trick-or-treating. (source)

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We are two or three good hearty lads, and we are all of one mind;
And we are come out a-souling, and we hope you will prove kind.
We hope you will prove kind with your apples and strong beer;
And we’ll come no more a-souling until this time next year.

Step down into your cellar, and see what you can find;
If your barrels are not empty, we hope you will prove kind.
We hope you will prove kind with your apples and strong beer;
And we’ll come no more a-souling until this time next year.

God bless the master of this house, the mistress also;
God bless his sons and daughters that round his table go.
We hope you will prove kind with your apples and strong beer;
And we’ll come no more a-souling until this time next year.

God bless his men and maidens, his cattle and his store;
And all that lie within your gates, we wish you ten times more.
We wish you ten times more with your apples and strong beer;
And we’ll come no more a-souling until this time next year.

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