Apple Tree Wassail (I)
DESCRIPTION: "Down in the lane there sits an old fox" licking its chops. The singers try to decide whether to catch him. They celebrate the night for wassailing. They will have porridge, cream, and cider. They celebrate that "we shall have apples and cider next year."
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (Cecil Sharp collection)
KEYWORDS: food animal hunting wassail
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Palmer-ECS, #130, "Apple Tree Wassail" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Somerset Wassailers' Song" (subject, one verse)
NOTES: Roud lumps this with the Somerset Wassail, presumably based on the "Wassail, wassail all over the town, Our cup it is white and our ale it is brown" verse and the fact that it's found in Somerset. But there are enough different verses that I split them. - RBW
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