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Wassail, wassail all over the town
The cup it is white and the ale it is brown
The bowl it is made of the good old ashen tree
And so is the malt of the best barley

Old apple tree we wassail thee And hoping thou wilt bear
The Lord does know where we shall be To Wassail another year
Hatfills - capfills - 3 bushel bagfills And a little heap under the stairs

Formerly it was not only apple trees, but all our crops, and even the beehives, that were wassailed. Here are recordings of local West Country traditions from Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Gower (S Wales) and Somerset.

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