Monday, December 22, 2008

Here We Come A-Wassailing (Christmas Carol)

A.K.A. Here We Come A-Wassailing
Traditional English
Rise Up Singing chapter: Good Times, p.91
D - - - / G D Em A //
DG D DG D / D GA D G / DBm GA D -

I play it with one minor difference:
D - - - / G D Em A //
DG D DG D / DBm GA D G / DBm GA D -

Wassail (from
1. a salutation wishing health to a person, used in England in early times when presenting a cup of drink or when drinking to the person.
2. a festivity or revel with drinking of healths.
3. liquor for drinking and wishing health to others on festive occasions, esp. spiced ale, as on Christmas Eve and Twelfth-night.
4. Archaic. a song sung in wassailing.
verb (used without object)
5. to revel with drinking.
verb (used with object)
6. to drink to the health or success of; toast.

Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green
Here we come a wandering so fair to be seen
Love and Joy come to you, and to you your wassail too
(Alt: and a merry Chistmas too)
And God bless you and send you a happy New Year
And God send you a happy New Year

Our wassail cup is made of the rosemary tree
And so is your beer of the best barley (chorus)
We are not daily beggars that beg from door to door
But we are neighbors' children that you have seen before (chorus)
Call up the butler of this house, put on his golden ring
Let him bring us up a glass of beer, and better we shall sing (chorus)
We have got a little purse of stretching leather skin
We want a little of your money, to line it well within (chorus)
Bring us out a table and spread it with a cloth
Bring us out a mouldy cheese and some of your Christmas loaf (chorus)
God bless the master of this house, likewise the mistress too
And all the little children that round the table go (chorus)
Good master and good mistress, while you're sitting by the fire
Pray think of us poor children who are wandering in the mire (chorus)

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