WORDS FOR THE SONGS OF
Mid-Winter Light


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Although all the songs are traditional, the versions of the lyrics presented here have been researched from various sources and adapted for IONA's arrangements. If you are going to reprint any of these lyrics please include:
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1) I SAW THREE SHIPS COME SAILING IN

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas day in the morning?

Our Savior Christ and His lady,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
Our Savior Christ and His lady,
On Christmas day in the morning.

Pray whither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day?
Pray whither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas day in the morning?

O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas day in the morning.

And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas day in the morning.

And all the angels in Heav'n shall sing,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
And all the angels in Heav'n shall sing,
On Christmas day in the morning.

And all the souls on Earth shall sing,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
And all the souls on Earth shall sing,
On Christmas day in the morning.

Then let us all rejoice amain,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
Then let us rejoice amain,
On Christmas day in the morning.
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2) THE WRAN

The wran, the wran the king of all birds
St Steven's Day was caught in the furze
Although he was little his honor was great
Jump up, me lads and give him a "trate"

As I was going to Killenaul,
I met the wran upon the wall
Up wid me wattle and knocked him down
And dragged him into Carrick Town

Droleen, droleen, where's your nest
Tis in the bush that I love best
In the bush, the holly tree
Where all the boys to follow me

Up with the kettle and down with the pan
And give us a penny to bury the wran

We followed the wran three miles or more
Three miles or more, three miles or more
Followed the wran three miles or more
At six o'clock in the mornin'

I have a little box under me arm,
Under me arm, under me arm,
I have a little box under me arm,
A penny, a tuppence will do it no harm

Mrs. Clancy's a very good woman
A very good woman, a very good woman
Mrs. Clancy's a very good woman
She gave us a penny to bury the wran
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3) CAN WASSEL (Wassail Song)

Nadalek yu- gyllys han bledhen noweth ow-ts
Ygergeugh darrajow h'aberveth gwren ds.
Translation:
Now Christmas is over and the New Year begin
Pray open your doors and let us come in.

Chorus:
Gans agan Wassel
Wassel, Wassel, Wassel,
Lowena dh'ahan, jolyf Wassel!

Chorus:
With our wassail
Wassail, wassail, wassail,
And joy come to our jolly wassail!

A vstres, ha mster, owth-eseda yn chy
Rag dr lys ny mebyon y travyln-ny.
Chorus

Good mistress and master sitting by the fire
Whilst we poor wassail boys travel the mire.
Chorus

An chy cth ma hagar, dynerghy ny a vyn
Ny rs dheugh kedryna sadow s dhyn.
Chorus

This ancient old house we'll kindly salute,
It is the old custom you need not dispute.
Chorus

Otta ny y n l-ma, yn rew ny a sf.
Mebyon Wassel fest jollyf gans cogen y n lf.
Chorus

We are here in this place, we orderly stand.
We're jolly wassail boys with a bowl in hand.
Chorus

Ny a wayt agas avellennow bs spdys dhe dhn
Dry newodhow ms arta omma pan n.
Chorus

We hope your apple tress will prosper and bear
And bring forth good tidings when we come next year.
Chorus

Ny a wayt agas barlys bs spdys yn tk
Ma'gas bo lanwes helder mar plk.
Chorus

We hope that your barley will prosper and grow
That you may have plenty and more to bestow.
Chorus

A vstres, ha mster, fatel yllough hepcor?
Orth lenwel agan cogen a syder ha cor'!
Chorus

Good mistress and master, how could you forebear?
Come fill up your bowl with cider and beer!
Chorus

A vstres, ha mster, yn esedhys atts
Whyleugh agas pors ha reugh nebes, my a'th pys.
Chorus

Good mistress and master, sitting down at your ease,
Put your hands in your pockets and give what you please.
Chorus

Bennath warnough lemmyn ha bewnans fest hyr
Aban veugh mar g'f h'gas helsys mar vr.
Chorus

I wish you a blessing and a long time to live
Since you've been so free and so willing to give.
Chorus
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