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Wassail Song


"Was Haile," meaning "Be of good health."

Wassail, Wassail, all over the town,
Our bread it is white and our cider it is brown
Our bowl it is made of the green maple tree;
In the Wassail bowl we'll drink unto thee!

Here's a health to the ox and to his right eye
Pray you send our master a good Christmas pie.
A good Christmas pie as e'er I did see!
In the Wassail bowl we'll drink unto thee.

Here's a health to the ox and to his right horn
Pray you send our master a good crop of corn.
A good crop of corn as e'er I did see!
In the Wassail bowl we'll drink unto thee.

Then here's to the maid in the lily white smock
Who tripp'd to the door and slipp'd back the lock;
Who tripp'd to the door and pull'd back the pin
For to let these jolly Wassailers walk in.

this Christmas message has been sent
to you, my friend
with wishes that the season
bring the best cup of cheer
and wonderful things to you
for the next year!