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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleWassail song
Roud No.209
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByBalch, E E
Alternative Title
Source Primary
Source SecondaryAntiquary 44 1908 p 381
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Wassail, wassail!
All round the town!
Your cup is so white,
And your beer is so brown.

Verse 2

Missus and master,
Now we are come here,
Give us a cup
Of your best Christmas beer.


For it's our wassail,
And a jolly wassail,
And joy be to you,
For it's our wassail.

Verse 3

Pretty little maiden,
With your silver lace,
Open wide your hall-doors
And show us your face.

Verse 4

Pretty little maiden,
With your silver pin,
Open wide your hall-doors
And let us all in.

Verse 5

Missus and master,
A-sitting by the fire,
And we poor sinners,
A-dabbing in the mire.

Verse 6

Missus and master,
If you be so willing,
Send out your youngest son
With the round shilling.

Verse 7

Missus and master,
We must be gone,
God bless you all
Till we comes again.
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Chris Wildridge - 'The verse structure and chorus location is as given in the source. Usually the chorus would be interspersed between each verse.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2008.



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