The cock sat up in the yew tree
The hen came chittering by
I wish you a merry Christmas
And a good fat pig in the stye.
A jug of ale and a good pork pie
For the carol singer is very dry.
Recited to me by Mr. Henry Bould at Donnington
Wood Decr [December] 19' 1911 as sung by children in those
A good jug of ale
A good jug of beer
I wont [won't] come agen [again]
Till this time next year.
The roads are dirty
My shoes are thin
With nothing in.
Recited by Mrs. Halfpenny
at Lilleshall, Decr [December] 20' 1911
after first verse as above.