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Good master and good mistress, as you sit by the fire, Consider us poor wassailers, who travel thro' the mire;-With a wassail, etc.
Good master and good mistress, if you will be but willing, Come, send us out your eldest son with sixpence or a shilling;-With a wassail, etc.
Good master and good mistress, if thus it should you please, Come, send us out your white loaf, likewise your Christmas cheese;-With a wassail, etc.
Good master and good mistress, if you will so incline, Come, send us out your roast beef, likewise your Christmas chine;-With a wassail, etc.
If you've any maids within your house, as I suppose you've none, They'd not let us stand a.wassailing so long on this cold stone;-With a wassail, etc.
For we've wassailed all this day long, and nothing could we find, But an owl in an ivy-bush, and her we left behind;-With a wassail, etc.
We'll cut a toast all round the loaf, and set it by the fire, *We'll wassail bees, and apple trees, unto your hearts,desire;-With a wassail, etc.
Our purses they are empty, our purses they are thin, They lack a little silver to line them well within;-With a wassail, etc.
Hang out your +silver tankard upon your golden spear, We'll come no more a.wassailing, until another year,~ With a wassail, etc.
For other versio?is of the tune see Gilbert's Carols, and Chappells Popular Music of the Olden Time, Vol 2, P. 752.
^Alluding tu the custom of repeating certain rhymes to the bees and apple trees. +0r 'silken handkerchief as some sing.
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