Wassail is the name of a hot cider drink that is prepared during the holidays. The term has other meanings, too: wassailing is the practice of going from door to door at Christmas and singing carols. It is a tradition that dates back several centuries in England, and it was a favorite activity of the American colonists, too. This song is also sometimes sung with the words “Here we come a-caroling,” instead of wassailing. The composer of the carol is unknown, but it was probably written in the mid-nineteenth century.
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of Here We Come A-Wassailing. The site will soon have versions of the carol in several other keys. You can also view and print the lyrics to Here We Come A-Wassailing.
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