Lyrics: Wassail Carol

Wassail Carol

From The Wassailant (2020)

We’ve been a while a-wandering among the leaves so green;
And here we come a-wassailing so fair to be seen.
And we have got a little purse of stretching leather skin;
We want a little of your money to line it well within.

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


Our wassail cup is made of the rosemary tree,
And so is your beer of the best barley.
Our wassail cup is made of the rosemary bough,
And so, my good neighbours, we’ll drink unto you.

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


Call up the butler of this house, put on their golden ring.
Let ’em bring us up a mug of beer, and better we shall sing.
And where you have one barrel now, we hope that you’ll have ten
Next year so that we may have beer when we return again.

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


We know by the moon we are not too soon,
And we know by the sky we are not too high.
We know by the stars we are not too far,
And we know by the ground we are within sound.

Good noble folk and gentry, while you’re sitting by the fire,
Pray think of us poor wassailers who wander in the mire.
And if we all should live until another New Year,
Perhaps we may call and visit you who live here.

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

Lyrics: Traditional (adapted from the Yorkshire Wassail Song and Gower Wassail)

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