The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Wassail, Wassail, Wassail, Sing We

For Christmas

Words & Music: Traditional
Balliol College, Oxford. MS. 354. XVI Century.
Meter: 8888
Compare: Now Ioy Be To The Trynyte (FlŁgel)
Now Joy We All In The Trinitie (Weston)

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 243.

See generally Wassailing - Notes On The Songs

Wassail, wassail, wassail, sing we
In worship of Christís nativity.

1. Now joy be to the Trinity,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
That one God is in Trinity,
Father of heaven, of mightes most. Wassail, &c.

2. And joy to the Virgin pure
That ever kept her undefiled
Grounded in grace, in heart full sure,
And bare a child as maiden mild. Wassail, &c.

3. Bethlehem and the star so shen,
That shone three kinges for to guide,
Bear witness of this maiden clean;
The kinges three offered that tide. Wassail, &c.

4. And shepherds heard, as written is,
The joyful song that there was sung:
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS!
With angelís voice it was out rung. Wassail, &c.

5. Now joy be to the blessful child,
And joy be to his mother dear;
Joy we all of that maiden mild,
And joy have they that make good cheer.

Wassail, wassail, wassail, sing we
In worship of Christís nativity.

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