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Soul Cakes

Cakes given in Staffordshire and Cheshire on All Souls' Day, to the poor who go a-souling, i.e. begging for soul-cakes. The words used are -

Soul, soul, for soul-cake
Pray you, good mistress, a soul cake.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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