The apple wassail was a poem to apple trees performed by groups of men at this time of year in the south of England. On the twelfth night of Christmas men would go into apple orchards with their wassail bowl full of cider and they would recite the rhyme to wake the trees and to implore them to produce a bumper crop in the coming year. Sometimes they would beat the tree trunks with sticks and they would hang pieces of bread in the trees’ branches.
The Henry Brothers would like to share an example of the apple wassail today to wish you all a fruitful 2013 and to encourage you to go into the new year singing songs of your own….
Happy New Year from Paul and John!!!!
Wassail to the Apple and the Pear, from Cornworthy, Devon, England, 1805
Huzza, Huzza, in our good town
The bread shall be white and the liquor be brown.
So here my old fellow I drink to thee
And the health of each other tree.
Well may ye blow, well may ye bear
Blossom and fruit both apple and pear
So that every bough and every twig
May bend with a burden both fair and big.
May ye bear us and yield us fruit such as stores
That the bags and chambers and house run o’er.