Gower Wassail

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The Gower Wassail is a wassail song from Gower in Wales, UK. It is printed in A.L. Lloyd's book Folk Song in England (1967), having been heard from Phil Tanner. The song takes its tune and structure from the Irish traditional song Here's A Health, in the same vein as The Liberty Song.


The majority of versions of the song begin with the same two stanzas, although pronouns (i.e., you, we, your, our, etc) vary. Following the second verse and chorus, the number of stanzas and their order vary from version to version. The primary difference between the lyrics that appear here is that one version is a dialogue between the wassailers and the master and mistress they are appealing to for hospitality. The other version is sung from the wassailers’ perspective alone. All the known stanzas are included below.

Opening Stanzas<br />A-wassail, a-wassail throughout all the town<br />Our cup it is white and our ale it is brown<br />Our wassail is made of the good ale and cake (too)<br />Some nutmeg and ginger, the best you can bake (do)

Our wassail is made of the elderberry bough<br />And so my good neighbors we'll drink unto thou<br />Besides all on earth, you have apples in store<br />Pray let us come in for it's cold by the door<br />

There is another version called the Kentucky Wassail.

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