The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Wassail Song

Version 2
Compare: The Wassail Song - Version 2

Alternate Title: Here We Come A-Caroling

See generally Wassailing - Notes On The Songs

Words: Adaptation of English Traditional

Music: Traditional English Wassail Song
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1. Here we come a-caroling
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand'ring,
So fair to be seen.

Love and joy come to you,
And to your carol too
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

2. We are not daily beggars
Who beg from door to door,
But we are neighbors' children,
Whom you have seen before. Chorus

3. God bless the Master of this house,
Likewise the Mistress too
And all the little children,
That round the table go. Chorus

4. And all your kin and kinfolk
That dwell both far and near
We wish a Merry Christmas
And Happy New Year. Chorus

Alternate Last Chorus

We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a happy new year.

"Beware This is an abuse of a wassail song! :) Imagine that! removing the word Wassail from its own song! It would be of interest to find out how the words got switched! Could it be a prohibitionist tactic? Here it is anyway, because we want to be complete and inclusive here. However, it is not appropriate to censor alcohol from the tradition.... shame....shame.... If you run into this song please! Contact those responsible and help them to mend their ways!"

The source of this firebrand commentary is The Wassail Page

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