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Thread #9728   Message #63708
Posted By: SlowAlan
17-Mar-99 - 07:44 AM
Thread Name: Wassail ? What is it ...
Subject: RE: Wassail ? What is it ...
Yeah, I think that it was an opportunity for the farm workers to "claim" booze and presents from the landlords, a rare opportunity when they had the upper hand.

Some of the wassail song lyrics imply that if the squire and his lady don't come across with the grog and presents they might have bad luck of some sort.