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Somerset Wassail

First line:
Wassail, and wassail, all over the town!
traditional English carol
author of text

Like The holly and the ivy, this rollicking ditty is a folk carol collected by Cecil Sharp, and is notable for one of the most quaintly obscure lines in all carol literature: ‘The girt dog of Langport he burnt his long tail’. Sharp believed it referred to the eighth-century Danish invasion of that Somerset village. According to another theory, the girt (=great) dog was a spectral hound.

from notes by John Rutter © 2003


The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album
CSCD512Download only


Track 3 on CSCD512 [2'05] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD512 track 3

Recording date
1 January 1989
Recording venue
Great Hall, University College School, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jillian White
Recording engineer
Campbell Hughes
Hyperion usage
  1. The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album (CSCD512)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 2003
    Download only
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