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Malpas Wassail
This wassailing song was sung in the nineteenth century in the Cornish village of Malpas, two miles southeast of Truro at the confluence of the Tresillian and Truro Rivers. It is unusual in that in this locality the wassailers seem to have gone on their rounds before Christmas, rather than on Twelfth Night as was more usual.

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A variant version, collected by William Dunstan of Canon Downs, Truro, in 1912, contains the following additional stanzas between stanzas four and five of the above:

Come young men and maidens,
I pray you come near;
Come fill up our bowl with some cider and beer.
With our wassail, &c.

You see how we'll smile
At our flowing Bowl --
Just now it is empty, by-and-bye 'twill be full.
With our wassail, &c.

I wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year,
And plenty of money and a barrel of beer.
With our wassail, &c.

The village of Malpas, near Truro, Cornwall. Image Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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