The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Cornish Wassail

Version 1 - Can Wassel (Wassail Song)

 See generally Wassailing - Notes On The Songs

1. Now Christmas is comin
And New Year begin
Pray open your doors
And let us come in.

Chorus:
With our wassail, wassail,
Wassail, wassail,
And joy come with our jolly wassail.

2. O Master and Mistress
Sitting down by the fire
While we poor wassail boys
Are traveling the mire. Chorus:

3. This ancient house
We will kindly salute
It is an old custom
You need not dispute. Chorus:

4. We are here in this place,
Orderly we stand
We're the jolly wassail boys
With a bowl in our hands. Chorus:

5. We hope that your apple trees
Will prosper and bear
And bring forth good cider
When we come next year. Chorus:

6. We hope that your barley
Will prosper and grow
That you may have plenty
And some to bestow. Chorus:

7. Good Mistress and Master
How can you forbear
Come fill up out bowl
With cider or beer. Chorus:

8. Good Mistress and Master
Sitting down at your ease
Put your hands in your pockets
And give what you please.Chorus:

9. I wish you a blessing
And a long time to live
Since you've been so free
And willing to give. Chorus:

 

 

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