Christmas Songbook

The Holly and the Ivy

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

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 any lily flower❟
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ❟
To be our sweet Saviour.

(Chorus)

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

(Chorus)

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

(Chorus)

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

(Chorus)

The holly and the ivy❟
When they are both full grown❟
Of all trees that are in the wood❟
The holly bears the crown:

(Chorus)