A reminder that giving to the poor and needy is a Christian obligation, to be flouted at one's peril.
"The poem was first collected by John Aubrey in 1686, who also recorded that it was being sung in 1616, but it is believed to be much older."
This ay neet, this ay neet
Every neet and all
Fire and fleet and candle leet,
And Christ receive thy soul
If thou from here away does pass
To whinny moor thou com'st at last
If thou gav'st ever hosen and shoon
Sit thee down and put them on.
But if hosen and shoon thou ne'er gav'st nane
The winds will prick thee to the bare bane.
If thou from there away does pass
To purgatory fire thou com'st at last.
If ever thou gavest meat or drink
The fire shall never make thee shrink.
But if meat or drink thou gavest nane
The fire will burn thee to thy bare bane.
I hope this tune doesn't give too much offence to His Holiness - but there's no doubt that the world needs more Japanese people playing and listening to seventeenth-century British dance music - in the appropriate costume. Those dresses are lovely.