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Here We Come A-Wassailing

Wassail is the old English version of 'cheers!'. This carol originated in Yorkshire, England.

The custom of the 'wassail bowl' filled with punch also evolved and subsequently children began to carry a token wassail bowl, decorated with rosemary, when they went carol singing.

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
And God bless you, and send you a happy New Year
And God send you a happy New Year

We are not daily beggers, that beg from door to door
But we are neighbours children whom you have seen before

We have got a little purse of stretching leather skin
We want a little money to line it well within

God bless the master of this house, likewise his mistress too
And all the little children that round the table go

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