Here we come a wassailing

Posted on 20th December 2019 by simonbeattie

What better way to end our Christmas carol countdown than with a rousing round of ‘Here we come a wassailing‘?

‘Here we come a wassailing’ as it appears in our edition of Bramley and Stainer (London, 1875).

The words were first published in Husk’s book of carols in 1864 (which we blogged about this past Tuesday), whose sources included a Manchester chapbook and a broadside printed in Bradford, c.1850 (Keyte, p. 545). The tune first appeared in 1871 in a collection of carols edited by the Rev. Henry Ramsden Bramley and Sir John Stainer titled Christmas Carols New and Old … With Illustrations, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel (London, Novello, Ewer & Co., and George Routledge and Sons, 1871).

We hope our readers have enjoyed our Christmas carol countdown as much as we have. Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas, and a healthy start to the new year!

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