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Sugar Wassail

[ Roud 209 ; trad.]

Waterson:Carthy recorded the Sugar Wassail for their 2006 album Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man. Martin Carthy commented in the album's sleeve notes:

Sugar Wassail was handed to us about fifteen years ago by Vic Gammon: it's one of the myriad songs of the sort found in the body of traditional music making and sung between Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night. This particular one is from the small Sussex collection from the 1840s by the pioneer in the field Rev. John Broadwood and we took to calling it by this name.

Lyrics

A wassail, a wassail, a wassail we begin
With sugar strands and cinnamon and all the treasures in
With a wassail, a wassail, a jolly wassail
And may joy come to you and to our wassail.

And if you any maids within your house as I suppose you've done
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 log and sat 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 you kissing sphere
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.

Links

See also the Mudcat Café thread Sugar Wassail.