Gillian Spraggs (wolfinthewood) wrote,
Gillian Spraggs

All Souls' Day

In Salop, &c: die omnium Animarum (All-Soules-Day Novem. 2d) there is sett on the Board a high heap of Soule-Cakes, lyeing one upon another like the picture of the Sew-Bread in the old Bibles. They are about the bignesse of 2d cakes, and every visitant that day takes one; and there is an old Rhythm or saying,

A Soule-cake, a Soule-cake,
Have mercy on all Christen soules for a Soule-cake.

This custome is continued to this time.

John Aubrey (1626–1697)

from Remaines of Gentilisme and Judaisme (begun 1688)
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