24 December 2008

Holiday Concert - Here We Come A Wassaling

This is another of the songs of the door to door once a year beggers expecting to be given food and drink in exchange for their song. The lyrics are followed with the recipe for the Wassail punch

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


Love and joy come to you,
And to 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
Who beg from door to door,
But we are neighbor's children
Whom you have seen before.


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


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

Wassail Punch


1 gallon apple cider
27 whole cloves
8 cinnamon sticks
1 quart pineapple juice
1 can (6 ounce) frozen orange juice concentrate
2 lemons thinly sliced
1 bottle medium dry red wine


Boil together juices, cloves and cinnamon for five minutes. Add two lemons thinly sliced and allow to stand for 7 or 8 minutes. Add a bottle of medium dry red wine and heat slowly until just below boiling point. pour into a jug and serve hot.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love and joy come to YOU, my friend. I hope your holidays are filled with the magic of the season.