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Mari Lwyd 2
From inside, the farmer's wife replies: "All welcome to the grey Mary To sing as much as she likes, this night." The singer goes on to explain that, in the old days, "there was a Punch and Judy with the grey mare, you see, and the Punch sometimes would stir all the fire out, you see now. . . . And then they'd go in, and there's an awful to-do to-do to-do after they go in, you see; laughing and drinking, drinking, if it's a public house; and if it's another house, they drink wine and eat cake, and so on. And then, when they go out, they sing: "Well, here we go with our heads doumhtll And God only knows how far, this night." In Somerset they cheer at the end of a merry song "Hatfuls, c a p f u 1 s , three bushel bagfuls, Little heap in under the stairs, Hip, Hip hooray." As an expression of their joy and the measure of our wishes to all of you, it will do very well. THOMAS WILLIS