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 for Wake play
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wake \Wake\, n.
     1. The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of
        being awake. [Obs. or Poetic]
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              Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleep.
                                                    --Shak.
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              Singing her flatteries to my morning wake. --Dryden.
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     2. The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or
        festive purposes; a vigil.
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              The warlike wakes continued all the night,
              And funeral games played at new returning light.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              The wood nymphs, decked with daises trim,
              Their merry wakes and pastimes keep.  --Milton.
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     3. Specifically:
        (a) (Ch. of Eng.) An annual parish festival formerly held
            in commemoration of the dedication of a church.
            Originally, prayers were said on the evening
            preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in
            the church; subsequently, these vigils were
            discontinued, and the day itself, often with
            succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and
            exercises, attended by eating and drinking, often to
            excess.
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                  Great solemnities were made in all churches, and
                  great fairs and wakes throughout all England.
                                                    --Ld. Berners.
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                  And every village smokes at wakes with lusty
                  cheer.                            --Drayton.
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        (b) The sitting up of persons with a dead body, often
            attended with a degree of festivity, chiefly among the
            Irish. "Blithe as shepherd at a wake." --Cowper.
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     Wake play, the ceremonies and pastimes connected with a
        wake. See Wake, n., 3
        (b), above. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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