Here We Come a-Wassailing (TRADITIONAL ENGLISH) for 4-part treble (SSAA) voices, a cappella, arr. by Pamela Webb Tubbs

Traditional English Carol arr. by Pamela Webb Tubbs
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
1 minute
Folk music
Instrumental parts
Not available

Here is a new arrangement of "Here We Come a-Wassailing," the traditional English Christmas carol, for four-part a cappella treble voices. Wassail (Old English wæs hæl, literally ’be you healthy’) refers both to the salute ’Waes Hail’ and to the drink, Wassail, a hearty combination of hot ale or beer, apples, spices and mead, is just alcoholic enough to warm tingling toes and fingers of those a-wassailing (going door-to-door singing Christmas carols). The "a-" is an archaic intensifying prefix (compare "A-Hunting We Will Go" and, in "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "Six geese a-laying"). Traditionally, wealthy persons embued with Christmas spirit often were a bit more generous than usual; bands of beggars and orphans would dance their way through the snowy streets of England. offering to sing good cheer and to tell good fortune if the householder would give them a drink from his wassail bowl or a penny or a pork pie or, let them stand for a few minutes beside the warmth of his hearth. Source: WIKIPEDIA.

Which method of viewing music should I use?

Score Exchange has two methods to display previews of music: seView which uses regular html and javascipt and the Scorch plug-in from Avid which needs to be downloaded and installed onto your computer. Both have advantages and disadvantages:


seView, is the most compatible option. You should be able to view music on all modern web browsers including most mobile devices. Even if your device does not support javascript you should still be able to preview at least page one of the music.

You do not need to install any additional software to use seView.


Scorch is a free plug-in from Avid for displaying and printing music. It can also play the music that you're seeing. As modern web browsers are updated, Scorch is no longer compatible with many browsers. Scorch has never been compatible with mobile devices and some web browsers on Mac computers.

If your web browser does not install Scorch automatically, you can click here to download and install scorch manually.

cloud scorch goes here

Licensing for this music

This score was published on Score Exchange by Pamela Webb Tubbs. When you buy it, you are granted a license that includes the following:

Sharing the file you download
When you buy the score - make multiple copies
When you buy parts - make multiple copies

For anything not permitted by the above licence then you should contact the publisher first to obtain permission.

In order to submit this score to Pamela Webb Tubbs has declared that they own the copyright to this work in its entirety or that they have been granted permission from the copyright holder to use their work. If you believe that this score should be not available here because it infringes your or someone elses copyright, please report this score using the copyright abuse form.