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  • +The Story+ of this ballad, simple in itself, introduces to us the elaborate question of the ‘lyke-wake,’ or the practice of watching through the night by the side of a corpse.

    Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth Popular Ballads of the Olden Times - Second Series

  • Simrock supposes a dead-watch or lyke-wake to be meant.

    Beowulf

  • They likewise carefully watch the corpse by night and day till the time of interment, and conceive that "the deil tinkles at the lyke-wake" of those who felt in their dead-thraw the agonies and terrors of remorse. '

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Complete

  • They likewise carefully watch the corpse by night and day till the time of interment, and conceive that “the deil tinkles at the lyke-wake” of those who felt in their dead-thraw the agonies and terrors of remorse.’

    Guy Mannering

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