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

Anonymous, possibly written around 1850.

Traditional Yorkshire tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

illustration
Ashton Wassailers

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wandering,
So fair to be seen.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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

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

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

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

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