Grampound Wassail. The

DESCRIPTION: "Wassail, wassail, wassail, wassail And joy come to our jolly wassail. Now here at this house we first will be seen, To drink the king's health such a custom has been." The singers salute the house and ask gifts; they offer good wishes
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1979 (Palmer, but apparently collected in the nineteenth century)
KEYWORDS: request ritual drink food begging nonballad wassail royalty
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Palmer-EnglishCountrySongbook, #144, "The Grampound Wassail" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #209
cf. "Somerset Wassail" (subject) and references there
NOTES [39 words]: Roud lumps this with the many other wassail songs, but the form is very different, and it's much longer than most wassails -- as given in Palmer, almost a script for how everyone behaves. I have no hesitation in splitting them.. - RBW
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File: PECS144

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