Wassail is the name of a hot cider drink that is prepared during the holidays, but 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 known by the title Here We Come A-Caroling, or just The Wassail Song. 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, or scroll down for links to many more arrangements in seven different keys in treble, bass, and alto clefs. There are also woodwind and brass arrangements of the carol in the key of concert B flat, and string arrangements in the key of D. You can also view and print the lyrics to Here We Come A-Wassailing.
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Play-Along arrangements of Here We Come A-Wassailing. These pages have versions of the carol for band and string instruments for you to play with other musicians:
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