From the recording Samhain - Banking the Fire
During the time of open doors, spirits could visit their loved ones and expected to be made welcome, yet they could not eat mortal food and must return to the land of the dead before dawn. If the host continued to mourn, they would be admonished for keeping the spirit from rest.
There was a knight and a lady bright
Three little babes had she
She sent them away to the north country
For to learn there grammerie
They hadn't been gone but a very short time
'Bout three months and a day
When Death, cruel Death, came riding along
And he carried those babes away
And when she heard her babes were dead
She did mourn, she did weep
'Till they cam to her one dark midnight
Saying,"Mother we cannot sleep."
She set the table. She gave them wine,
Gave them bread, and gave them meat
But they were not able to touch a bite.
"We are dead: we cannot eat."
"Mother, oh mother, we cannot stay.
We must go e're break of dawn.
Your weeping keeps us from our rest
In our graves where we belong."