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Milverton Wassail
A wassailing song, clearly related to the well-known "Gloucestershire Wassail," taken down from Mrs. Marianne Petheram (b. 1853) of Milverton, Somerset.

Wassail! wassail! all over the the town
Our toast is white, and our ale is brown;
Our bowl is made of a maple tree;
We be good fellows all; I drink to thee.

Here’s to our horse, and to his right ear,
God send our master a happy New Year;
A happy New Year as e’er he did see –
With my wassailing bowl I drink to thee.

Here’s to our mare, and to her right eye,
God send our mistress a good Christmas pie;
A good Christmas pie as e’er she did see –
With my wassailing bowl I drink to thee.

Here’s to our cow, and to her long tail,
God send our master us never may fail
Of a cup our good beer; you draw near,
And a jolly wassail its then you shall hear.

Be here any maids? I suppose there be some;
Sure they will not let young men stand on the cold stone,
Sing hey, O maids, come trole back the pin,
And the fairest maid in the house let us all in.

Come, butler, come bring us a bowl of the best,
I hope your soul in heaven shall rest;
But if you do bring us a bowl of the small
Then down shall go butler, bowl and all.

The Rock Inn, Milverton
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