The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ashen Faggot Wassail

Shirley Collins singing on "Adieu To Old England" to concertina accompaniment. She notes that the song came from singer Sidney Richards of Curry Rivel, Somerset, via the BBC Sound Archives.

Wassail and wassail and all over the town /
Our cup it is white and the ale it is brown /
The cup it is made of the good old ashen tree /
Yay, and so, the beer of the best holly /

With your wassail, ay, enjoy, come to our jolly wassail /

Oh maid, oh maid, with your silver-headed pin /
Pray open this door and let us all walk in /
All for to fill our wassail bowl and sail away again /

With your wassail, ay, enjoy, come to our jolly wassail /

Oh maid, oh maid, with your glove and your lace /
Pray come unto this door and show us your fine face /
We are truely weary of standing in this place /

With your wassail, ay, enjoy, come to our jolly wassail /

Oh master and mistress if you'd be so well a' pleased /
To set upon your table your white cloth and your cheese /
With your roast beef and your bord'rings and your pies /

With your wassail, ay, enjoy, come to our jolly wassail /

Oh master and mistress if we've done you any harm /
Pray open this door and let us all pass on /
And give us hearty thanks for a'singing of our song /

With your wassail, ay, enjoy, come to our jolly wassail /

 

 

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