|Author||Topic: Add: The Wassail Bough|
|dmcg||Posted - 23 Mar 03 - 03:57 pm|
Wassail Bough, The [Here we come a-wassailing]
Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wandering so fairly to be seen
Our jolly wassail, our jolly wassail,
Love and joy come to you,
And to our wassail bough;
Pray God bless you and send you a happy New Year,
A New Year, A New Year,
Pray God bless you and send you a happy New Year.
We are not daily beggars, that beg from door to door;
We are the neighbours' children, whom you have seen before.
I have a little purse, it is made of leather skin;
I want a little sixpence, to line it well within.
Bring us out your table, and spread it with the cloth;
Bring us out the bread and cheese, and a bit of your Christmas loaf.
God bless the master of this house, and the mistress too;
Also the little children which round the table grew.
Source: Broadwood, Lucy, 1893, English Country Songs, Leadenhall Press, London
Lucy Broadwood wrote:
A wassail, a wassail throughout all this town! [Gower Wassail] (thematic)
Souling Song, The Cheshire (thematic)
Database entry is here
Edited By dmcg - 23/03/2003 16:03:18
|masato sakurai||Posted - 23 Mar 03 - 05:23 pm|
Bramley and Stainer's Christmas Carols New and Old (1871) version of The Wassail Song has the now familiar words & music.