Christmas

A wassail, a wassail, a wassail we’ll begin
With sugar strands and cinnamon and many spices in
With a wassail, a wassail, a jolly wassail
And may joy come to you and to our wassail.

Good masters and good mistresses as you sit by your fire
Remember us poor wassailers who trample through the mire
With a wassail, a wassail, a jolly wassail
And may joy come to you and to our wassail.

And if you’ve any maids within your house as I suppose you’ve none
They’d not let us stand a-wassailing so long on this cold stone
With a wassail, a wassail, a jolly wassail
And may joy come to you and to our wassail.

We’ll cut a toast from off the loaf and set it by the fire
We’ll wassail bees and apple trees until your heart’s desire
With a wassail, a wassail, a jolly wassail
And may joy come to you and to our wassail.

Bring out your silver tankard, likewise your kissing sphere
For we’ll come no more a-wassailing until another year
With a wassail, a wassail, a jolly wassail
And may joy come to you and to our wassail.

And now no more we’ll sing to you because the hour is late,
For we must go and sing our song at many another gate
With a wassail, a wassail, a jolly wassail
And may joy come to you and to our wassail

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