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    Medieval Songs
    Christmas Songs/New Year Song

    Somerset Wassail

    Verse 1

    Wassail and wassail, all o-over the town the cup it is white and the a-ale it is brown the cup it is made of the good ashen tree
    And so-o is the malt of the best


    Barley for it's you was-ail , and it's our wassail and it's joy be to you and a jolly wassail.

    verse 2

    O master and missus, are you all within!
    Pray open the door and let us come in;
    O master and missus a-sitting by the fire,
    Pray think upon poor travelers, a-traveling in the more:


    verse 3

    O where is the maid, with the silver-headed pin,
    To open the door, and let us come in?
    O master and missus, it is our desire
    A good loaf and cheese, and a toast by the fire:


    verse 4

    There was an old man, and he had an old cow,
    And how for to keep her he didn't know how,
    He built up a barn for to keep his cow warm,
    And a drop or two of cider will do us no harm:

    No harm, boys, harm; no harm, boys, harm;
    And a drop or two of cider will do us no harm.

    verse 5

    The girl dog of Langport he burnt his long tail,
    And this is the night we go singing wassail:
    O master and missus, now we must be gone:
    God bless all in this house till we do come again.

    For it's you wassail, and it's our wassail!
    And it's joy be to you, and a jolly wassail!

    Secular, Traditional