Compare: Wassail Song
Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland, English Country Songs. London: The Leadenhall Press, 1893.
See generally Wassailing - Notes On The Songs
1. Here we come a-wassailing, among the leaves of
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.
2. We are not daily beggars, that beg from door to
We are the neighbours' children, whom you have seen before. Chorus
3. I have a little purse, it is made of leather
I want a little sixpence, to line it well within. Chorus
4. Bring us out the table, and spread it with the
Bring us out the bread and cheese, and a bit of your Christmas loaf. Chorus
5. God bless the master of this house, and the
Also the little children, which round the table grew. Chorus
Note from Broadwood and Fuller Maitland:
This song is sung about Anston, in South Yorkshire, and about Galphay, near Ripon. The children carry green boughs, and wave them over their heads, asking for a New Year's gift. The version given is that sung at Anston. Compare the "Souling Song" (Cheshire), p. 30; the "Peace-Egging Song" (Lancashire), p. 22; and other ditties of the same kind. A Shrewsbury version, more nearly resembling the "Souling Song," is given in Shopshire Folk Lore, p;. 568, and a different tune is given there.
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