The holly and the ivy

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Hymn – The holly and the ivy – Lyrics

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.
Refrain
O, the rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom,
As white as lily flow’r,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our dear Saviour. Refrain

The holly bears a berry,
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To do poor sinners good. Refrain

The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
On Christmas Day in the morn. Refrain

The holly bears a bark,
As bitter as the gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
For to redeem us all. Refrain

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown. Refrain

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: The holly and the ivy
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Style: Traditional Carol
  • Usage: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown traditional English melody
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Unknown traditional.
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2007 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.
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