Scripture Verse

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14


Words: Ano­ny­mous, pos­sibly writ­ten around 1850.

Music: Tra­di­tion­al York­shire tune (🔊 pdf nwc).


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 beg­gars
That beg from door to door,
But we are neigh­bors’ child­ren
Whom you have seen be­fore.


Good Mas­ter and good Mis­tress,
As you sit by the fire,
Pray think of us poor child­ren
Who wan­der in the mire.


We have a lit­tle purse made
Of ratch­ing leath­er skin;
We want some of your small change
To line it well with­in.


Bring us out a ta­ble,
And spread it with a cloth;
Bring us a mol­dy cheese and
Some of your Christ­mas loaf.


God bless the mas­ter of this house,
Likewise the mis­tress, too;
And all the little child­ren
That round the ta­ble go.


Ashton Wassailers