The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Cornish Wassail

Version 3-B
See generally Wassailing - Notes On The Songs

From the Baring Gould Collection
A. Cornish Wassail - Version 3a (Now here at this house we first shall begin)
B. Cornish Wassail - Version 3b (Wassail, wassail all round the town)
C. Cornish Wassail - Version 3c (We stand at your door and we first shall begin)
A Wassail (Gude Maister and Missus a zittin by the fire)

Somersetshire form taken down at Langport by C L Eastlake, Jan 1893

1 Wassail, wassail all round the town
For the ale is white and the ale is brown

For 'tis our wassail, and 'tis your wassail
And 'tis joy come to our jolly wassail

2 The cup is made of the ashen tree
And the ale is made of the best barley

3 The great dog of Langport burnt his tail
The night that we went singing wassail

4 O maid, fair maid in holland smock
Come ope the door and turn the lock

5 O maid, fair maid with golden (tag)
Come ope the door, and show a pretty leg

6 O maister, mistress that sit by the fire
Consider us poor travellers in the mire

7 O maister, mistress if you do so please
Put out the brown loaf and the raw milk cheese

And then you shall see how happy we be

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