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Gloucestershire Wassail 2                       Gloucestershire Wassail 2 MP3 (1,8 MB)
                                                        Gloucestershire Wassail Midi

Wassail, wassail all over the town                Gloucestershire Wassail Sheet music, full score (pdf)
Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown
Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree
With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee

So here is to Cherry and to the house leek
Pray Frea send our master a good piece of beef
And a good piece of beef that may we all see
With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee

And here is to Woden and to his good eye
Pray Frea send our master a good Yuletide pie
A good Yuletide pie that may we all see
With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee

So here is to brave Hama and to his broad horn
May Frea send our master a good crop of corn
And a good crop of corn that may we all see
With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee

And here is to Bragi and a horn of beer
Pray Frea send our master a happy New Year
And a happy New Year as e'er he did see
With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee

And here is to Thunor and to his bold tales
Pray Frea send our master he never may fail
A bowl of strong beer! I pray you draw near
And our jolly wassail it's then you shall hear

Come butler, come bring us a bowl of the best,
And we pray that your soul in Valhalla will rest
But if you do bring us a bowl of the small
Then the Wolf take butler, bowl and all!

Then here's to the maid in the lily white smock
Who tripped to the door and slipped back the lock
Who tripped to the door and pulled back the pin
For to let these jolly wassailers in.

Winifred Hodge Rose
Original lyrics and tune: Traditional English carol, adapted by Winifred.
Voice: Michaela Macha


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