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Loreena McKennitt’s Gloucestershire Wassail – A Medieval Time for Thee

Gloucestershire Wassail

Then here’s to the maid in the lily white smock
Who tripped to the door and slipped back the lock

Who tripped to the door and pulled back the pin
For to let these jolly wassailers in.

Glad Tidings to all!

Trueue friends –    Come ye all to the Great Hall of Camelot! It is that time of yeere. Come lorimers, hucksters, knights and lords. Come troubadours, serfs, scriveners and websters more! All are called for the Gloucestershire Wassail.

Thy maid in the lily white smock shall let you in and giveth you a glasse to cheer.      Wassail awaits thy presence.   Thy King’s epiciere doth prepare Wassail,  a most kingly drink spiced with goodness, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Embrace thy partner for there is now musik to heare.    Let not winter’s wragged hand darken thy day. Danceth like a banshee and drinketh like a fool.      Amidst plum pudding, roast apples, mince tarts, thy minstrels shall serenade thy appetite.      Happiness doth grace this day.

We drink to thee!

Gloucestershire Wassail
Christmas Lyrics

Wassail! wassail! all over the town,
Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown;
Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree;
With the wassailing bowl, we’ll 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.


So here is to Cherry and to his right cheek
Pray God send our master a good piece of beef
And a good piece of beef that we may all see
With the wassailing bowl, we’ll 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 I did see,
With my wassailing bowl I drink to thee.


So here is to Broad Mary and to her broad horn
May God send our master a good crop of corn
And a good crop of corn that we may all see
With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink to thee.

And here is to Fillpail and to her left ear
Pray God send our master a Happy New Year
And a Happy New Year as e’er he did see
With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink to thee.


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


Come butler, come fill us a bowl of the best
Then we hope that your soul in heaven may rest
But if you do draw us a bowl of the small

Then down shall go butler, bowl and all.


Be here any maids? I suppose here 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.

Then here’s to the maid in the lily white smock
Who tripped to the door and slipped back the lock
Who tripped to the door and pulled back the pin
For to let these jolly wassailers in.

Lady Sharon
Drinking Wassail with Thee

This song “Gloucestershire Wassail”, is from the CD “A Midwinter Night’s Dream” by Loreena McKennitt. Visit Loreena McKennitt’s Website.


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6 Responses to “Loreena McKennitt’s Gloucestershire Wassail – A Medieval Time for Thee”

  1. Ah, here SHE is … Loreenna, the one and only 🙂
    Well done, Lady Sharon !

    Best,
    Reini

  2. Lady Sharon says:

    Sir Reini,

    We are honored to have you drink some Wassail with us whilst we doth listen to this muse of Medieval music. May you carry our festive gathering with you during this season of light. We drink to thee Sir Reini, as we wilcume thee to Camelot!

    Glad Tidings,

    Lady Sharon
    With glass in hand

  3. Milady,

    wow, ‘Sir Reini’ .. sounds pretty good. I feel very honored.

    I was aware of two methods to become a Sir:
    – either to flatter (is this the right term ?) a lady (and to marry her)
    – or to kill a dragon

    Unfortunately dragons are gone with the virgins and the unicorns and ‘real’ ladies are hard to come by 🙂

    ‘Muse of Medieval music’ describes Loreena pretty well.
    Indeed, I’m a big fan of her and of her music.

    Maybe one day I’ll find the time to capture my favorite song (and favorite poem) – The Highwayman’ – in pictures.

    Lady Sharon, you know English isn’t my first language – So, Milady, be forgiving with my terms.

    Reini,
    With a huge grail in his hand … already swinging 🙂

  4. Lady Sharon says:

    You maketh me laugh in Camelot, Sir Reini.

    We are so pleased you like to make merry. King Arthur shall ride with thee on the morrow. Our Queen will select musik to please thy herte tonight, as the minstrels play.

    We thinketh thy words were excellent. Please know, how thou speaks is not of importance in Camelot. It only matters from where you words begin. There is one language that transcends all others, and that is the language that comes from thy herte. As scribe, I maketh a potpourri of languages and add a little humor as fragrance for thy herte.

    Dragons take many forms. I thinketh at sometime thou didst slay a dragon with courage and strength. Being a Knight is about how one slays the dark forces. Sir Reini it shall be.

    To create with your eyes what your herte sees, would be beautiful. In Camelot the Highwayman often comes riding, riding , up to the old inn-door. One day you will see him. 🙂

    Enough talk, let us drink some more……Good Tidings

    Your humble scribe,
    A little imbibed,
    Lady Sharon

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  6. Lady Sharon says:

    Good day to thee!

    Luck has brought you forth to Camelot and we wilcume thee. Please sit by the fire as Lady Loreena doth sing.

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    As the minstrels sing let us now rest.

    Lady Sharon of Camelot