Every year on the 17th of January the good people of Somerset Wassail the apple trees to make sure of a good apple harvest. The 17th is the old twelfth night. This is believed to be a very old custom. The word Wassail is an Anglo-Saxon Phrase and was used as an every day greeting.
The Somerset Wassail
Wassail and wassail all over the town
For its your wassail and its our wassail
Oh master and missus, are you all within?
Oh where is the maid with the
The girt dog of Langport he burnt his long tail
The girt dog of Langport:
|The girt dog of Langport
has burnt his long tail.
A Great hound five miles long and one mile wide guards the land port. Allegedly the thirteenth sign of the Glastonbury zodiac (Map).
The nose is at Burrow Mump, Burrowbridge
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